The Detroit Red Wings headed into Training Camp and the Preseason as healthy as they have ever been, but it did not last long for the team.
Darren Helm had another set back after injuring his groin, while trying to come back from his back injury. This has fans labeling him injury prone, which I believe is a bit harsh. Helm has been injured a lot over the last couple of seasons, but most of them can be attributed to trying to return to form and pushing himself too much. There was also the freak accident, which cause his wrist to be sliced open by a skate.
Alfredsson will not be out for long and should return from groin pain before the beginning of the Regular Season.
Tootoo injured his shoulder in the 8-2 Boston blowout and will be out for the rest of the Preseason and maybe a few Regular Season games as well.
The two players who could be out for an extended period of time are Gustavsson and Eaves.
Gustavsson was injured in the 2-0 home loss to the Bruins and did not finish the game. He re-injured his groin, which was a big issue for him last season and cause him to miss a lot of games. This is a big blow to Gustavsson, who looked like he was going to have a solid season backing up Jimmy Howard. He could be out for up to 4 weeks.
Eaves went down in practice and had to be helped off of the ice. It turns out that he sprained his MCL and could be out for 4 weeks as well. Eaves is currently fighting to keep his job on the Red Wings and this injury will not help his case because it allows another player to come in and take his spot.
More than likely, Eaves, Helm, and Gustavsson will start the season on Long Term Injured Reserve, which will put the Red Wings under that salary cap, but they will still need to clear a roster space.