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from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

ESPN: You and Ryan Suter signed your 13-year contracts in July 2012. Back then, did you believe you would have played for a Stanley Cup with the Wild by 2018?

Parise: I was hoping, yeah. We were going in the right direction, I thought. But in the last two years, we had some very disappointing playoff performances. We made the playoffs right away [in 2012-13]. The next year, we beat Colorado and we had a great series with Chicago. We were two wins away from going to the conference final. And then it's just ... from there, we haven't climbed the ladder.

ESPN: What do you think the window is currently for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup?

Parise: The West is tough. St. Louis is going to be very good. Colorado's going to be really good. Nashville and Winnipeg aren't going anywhere. Dallas is going to be good. Chicago's going to be better. But you've seen so many eight-vs.-one or two-vs.-seven upsets, it's so close. There are five points separating No. 1 and No. 7. We'll see.

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A Look At The Contracts For Zach Parise And Ryan Suter

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

At the time of negotiations, there was no stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement that limited the length of contracts. But after the league rejected a whopping 17-year, $102 million deal between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils in 2010, the NHL and NHL Players Association agreed that the cap hit for any contract longer than five years would be recalculated once a player turned 41 during that deal.

That influenced Suter and Parise, essentially capping them at a 13-year commitment since they’d each be 40 years old in the final season of those contracts.

“There’s a lot of variables that can happen in 13 years,” Wild owner Craig Leipold said. “But that was the risk we were willing to take in order to get those two players.”...

“We also felt that a provision implementing term limits on contracts was a reasonable and responsible ‘allocation tool’ within the overall Cap system,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email, “which hopefully would operate to better ensure that the overall pool of dollars available for Player compensation in any given year was being distributed in a fair and equitable way."

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The cap hit for each is a little over $7.5M through the 2024-25 season.

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Zach Parise Week-To-Week With A Fractured Sternum

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that forward Zach Parise will miss tonight's game and is week-to-week due to a fractured sternum suffered in Game 3 vs. Winnipeg.

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added 4:21pm, Possibly when the injury occurred....

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Successful Microdisectomy Surgery For Zach Parise Today

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced forward Zach Parise underwent successful microdisectomy surgery today by Dr. Kevin Mullaney at TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Parise is expected to return to play in approximately 8-10 weeks.

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Back Surgery For Zach Parise Is Being Contemplated

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

After exhausting all options in an attempt to overcome a debilitating injury and make his season debut, Wild veteran Zach Parise is contemplating back surgery that would sideline the winger up to two months, three well-place sources told The Athletic.

Parise was diagnosed with a herniated disk during the 2015-16 season and missed the entire 2016 playoffs due to an injury that caused numbness and a lack of strength in one of his legs.

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Zach Parise On His Reported Back Injury

from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

Parise remained vague about the injury — reported to be a back issue — that kept him out of full workouts for the first seven days of camp. He also declined to predict whether he would play any preseason games. Still, he felt good after a practice that lasted a little less than an hour at Xcel Energy Center, which seemed satisfying enough under the circumstances.

The goal, Parise said, is to be ready for the season opener Oct. 5 at Detroit. By his definition, that means feeling completely healthy, a goal he still is pursuing.

“It was a good step, I thought,’’ said Parise, who sat out the 2016 playoffs because of a herniated disc that bothered him for much of the season.

“It’s frustrating, but at the same time, there’s still a good chunk of time before the season starts. Right now, it’s about being smart.

“At this time of the season, you want to go in feeling good. You want to go in without nursing something or at 80 percent. You want to not have that stuff be on the top of your mind. Just go in, relax and play. And that’s what I’m shooting toward.’’

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Video- Tom Wilson’s High Stick On Zach Parise

Four minutes for high sticking.

 

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Lightning lose pair to knee injuries

Pretty scary stuff here. Vladislav Namestnikov got tied up with Zach Parise in the Lightning-Wild game...

And then Tyler Johnson was the victim of a knee-on-knee hit by Nino Niederreiter:

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Zach Parise And Thomas Vanek On Exit Day

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

For the first time, Zach Parise confirmed the Star Tribune’s report before the playoffs that he has a herniated disc pinching on his nerve. He had been playing with the injury since January and received the maximum three cortisone injections before he couldn’t play anymore.

“Rehab is going really well,” he said. “I’ve got to continue doing the rehab for a little bit and go from there. But it’s progressing really well.”

Asked if he’ll need surgery, Parise said, “It’s too early to tell, but I’m optimistic that therapy and the rehab is working really well that we’re going to be able to avoid that.”

With the amount of time it’ll take to rehab from surgery, Parise said that decision needs to come pretty soon....

THOMAS VANEK

Broken and displaced ribs ended his season prematurely, he said. He said with time, it’ll heal.

Asked if he hopes he’s back, “I hope so. I signed here not because this is where I live. I signed here because I truly love it here and I want to win here. That would be a dream come true.”

Asked if he’s worried he may be bought out of the final year of his deal, Vanek said, “I don’t know. You can ask Chuck that question. I do understand the business side of it. again, I’m not happy with my year, but at the same time, I truly still believe that I’m a 30-goal scorer in this league. I’ll worry about myself, have a good summer and be ready to go.”

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Zach Parise May Be Facing Back Surgery

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

With injured Zach Parise staying behind, the Wild flew to Dallas on Wednesday to begin its playoff series against the Stars.

A day after the Star Tribune reported Parise was experiencing tingling in his legs and numbness in his feet due to a herniated disk in his back, the Wild announced he will be sidelined indefinitely because of an upper body injury.

The news could soon be worse. According to multiple sources, Parise was at the Mayo Clinic seeing a spine specialist Monday. Now being determined is whether Parise needs season-ending microdiscectomy surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve column.

Parise is first trying physical therapy to see if that improves the situation. Still, the Wild’s all-time leading playoff scorer, with 25 points in 28 games, could very well miss the postseason.

“You’re always going to miss his leadership and his tenacity, and his workmanship. Just everything,” interim coach John Torchetti said. “He’s one of our leaders for the team. But you can’t worry about what you don’t have. You have to work with what you have. So that’s what we’re focused on.”

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Anyone see the Wild defeating the Dallas Stars in the seven game series?

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Injury Updates For The Minnesota Wild

via Evan Sporer of MinnesotaWild.com,

Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek will not travel with the Minnesota Wild for Games 1 and 2 of its Western Conference Playoff Series against the Dallas Stars. Parise is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Vanek is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Erik Haula is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and will travel with the team to Dallas.

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Zach Parise Dealing With A Bad Back

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Wild players are approaching the start of their playoff series against Dallas as if veteran winger Zach Parise will not be in the lineup when the series starts Thursday.

Parise is officially “day-to-day” because of an undisclosed injury. But Parise was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester seeing a specialist Monday, according to multiple sources, a week after aggravating a back injury that has affected him since January....

Parise didn’t respond to interview requests. General Manager Chuck Fletcher declined to comment.

On March 23, Parise got a cortisone injection and felt better than ever when he scored three goals and assisted on another the next day against Calgary. A game later, he scored twice in Colorado and earned First Star of the Week honors in the NHL. But Parise’s discomfort flared up again during the San Jose game.

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Saturday Headlines include injury talk and a wrinkle on shrinking goalie equipment

Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman discussed Patrick Marleau being on the trade market, the KHL deciding to make its players available for the World Cup of Hockey, WIlliam Nylander playing well in the AHL for Toronto, Connor McDavid's surgery (no torn labrum or separated shoulder), Pavel Datsyuk returning next Friday or Saturday, Zach Parise's likely status as being out for the month, and according to Friedman, per an NHL competition committee debate, the NHL is considering asking goalies to wear player-sized jerseys and have their chest protectors fit underneath:

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Zach Parise Is Considered Week-To-Week With Sprained MCL

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Video- Probable Knee Injury For Zach Parise

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Zach Parise injury. It’s an apparent right knee injury. The Wild right now is just calling it a “lower body injury.” Yeo said he’d give us an update Friday, so he’s obviously getting an MRI. There’s no doubt though the Wild has an initial diagnosis because usually trainers and doctors can tell right away if the ACL is damaged or gone and/or it’s the MCL or another issue.

The injury came 75 seconds into the game and 30 seconds into Parise’s first shift. High in the offensive zone, Parise turned to the glass to fish for a loose puck. After he backhanded it into the slot, James Neal, who typically plays on that border, hit him above the numbers with Parise a little bent down. Their knees clanked, and Parise’s seemed to twist an abnormal way...

Maybe some hopeful news about the Wild’s leading goal scorer is Ryan Suter said he was working out after the game.

Yeo would only rule Parise out for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay and made it pretty clear by the end of the presser that “bottom line is we’re losing Zach …”

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Watch the hit below...

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A New Year For Zach Parise And Ryan Suter

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

In the cruelest of ironies, the two cornerstone pieces and closest of friends that the Wild signed in 2012 each lost his father four months apart last season.

It made for a miserable year for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, one that required balancing professionalism during the public eye of a hockey season with the heartache that comes with losing the men they idolized the most.

“It was hard. I’m not going to lie,” Parise said of mourning the loss of his dad, J.P., following a battle with cancer so soon after Suter lost his dad, Bob, of a sudden heart attack. “At this point now, this year can only be better, I guess. It was a long season, a long year away from the rink.

“You know, there’s always something that makes you think of him. Every single day, there’s something that reminds you. That’s just life. It’ll hit me sometimes where you get sad, or sometimes you just laugh. Your mind’s always working. But what’s been good for me is to have kids of my own where I lose myself with them and not just drive myself crazy.

“That’s what helped me through it a ton last year, to be honest. But I’m in a good spot mentally now where I think this year can only be better.”

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Zach Parise Will Miss Tonight’s Game To Be With His Ill Father

via Minnesota Wild release,,,

Zach Parise will not play in tonight’s game against San Jose. The Wild supports his decision to be with his family as his dad, J.P., battles lung cancer and asks that their privacy be respected. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Parise family during this difficult time.

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Zach Parise Having A Hard Time Dealing With His Father’s Cancer Battle

from Micheal Russo of the Star Tribune,

Parise is playing through immense pain right now. Not physical pain, but emotional pain. The stress he’s under, the burden he’s playing with, the sorrow he’s feeling is written across his face anytime you look at him.

J.P. Parise, the beloved former North Star and husband to Donna and father to Zach and older brother, Jordan, is in dire straits. Diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer last January, J.P. spent a month in the hospital earlier this fall due to the effects of chemotherapy.

He finally said enough to the chemo that was causing him so much discomfort and sickness. In the past few weeks, the 73-year-old has deteriorated.

“It’s hard to watch,” Zach Parise said Saturday night, a half-hour after the Wild suffered the worst loss he has experienced during his three seasons with Minnesota — a six-goal defeat at the hands of the relocated franchise for which his father used to star.

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Zach Parise Diagnosed With A Concussion

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Wild leading scorer Zach Parise has been diagnosed with a concussion, coach Mike Yeo confirmed this morning.

Not a surprise since Parise looked off his last few shifts against the Pittsburgh Penguins and suddenly didn't come out for the third period even though there was no clear incident to draw from.

According to a few people in the know, Parise did have lingering effects from the stick to the face he got in New York five games ago Oct. 27. He played through it though (quite well, too, against Boston and Dallas especially) because he wasn't sure he had a concussion. Finally, trainers got involved Tuesday night.

Whatever symptoms Parise had were exasperated bigtime with three checks he took against Pittsburgh, folks say. On his first shift, he was bowled over from behind by Roberto Bortuzzo. That definitely seemed to jar him and catch him off guard. In the second period, he got bumped off his skates in the d-zone by Blake Comeau on that shift that ended up 5:44 in with a Comeau penalty and then late in the period Parise got checked into the boards/glass by Kris Letang.

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Not A Good Night For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Parise didn’t emerge for the third period after sustaining what coach Mike Yeo called an upper-body injury. There were two big collisions I remember with Parise tonight. One came his first shift when he was bowled over from behind by Robert Bortuzzo. The other came 5:44 into the second when he was cross-checked the ice by Blake Comeau in the slot. Comeau received an interference penalty on the play.

So perhaps the injury stemmed from one of those two hits.

Yeo didn’t reveal the seriousness or nature of the injury postgame. He said he hoped to have a better update after practice Wednesday and said “I sure hope not” when asked if he felt it was serious....

The big controversy of the night came with 3:06 left when Koivu scored. The goal was disallowed by referee Francois St. Laurent – replays showed Marcel Goc punched the puck from the other side of the goal line and out.

The NHL Situation Room in Toronto initiated a review, and then after two or three minutes of St. Laurent talking to Toronto, he announces no-goal because it was a non-reviewable play because he ruled incidental contact on Thomas Greiss (Mikael Granlund, aided by Kris Letang and Paul Martin, was on Greiss).

OK, debatable depending on your point of view or fandom. But then why the heck were they reviewing a non-reviewable play for two minutes. It should be as simple as Toronto calling and the referee saying, incidental contact, goodbye.

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Zach Parise’s Father J.P. Battling Lung Cancer

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Zach Parise touches a white friendship bracelet on his right wrist. He turns it over and reveals the special inscription: “la vie a ses bons moments.”

“It means, ‘Life has its good moments,’ ” Parise says, staring intently at the words. “My mom made it for friends and family.”

With sad eyes, the Wild forward looks up: “Growing up, that’s what Dad always told us when things were going a little wrong.”

For the past seven months, J.P. Parise, the popular former North Stars forward and proud father of Zach and Jordan Parise, has been in the toughest battle of his life. Last winter, while Zach was captaining the United States in the Olympics, J.P. woke up with kidney stones.

“I went to the doctor, took a CT scan and the doc said, ‘There’s a black spot on your left lung that I don’t like,’ ” J.P. Parise said, recalling the words that turned his life upside down.

Days later, he would receive a diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer, the most advanced form of the disease.

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Afternoon Line - Zach Parise

“I just got kind of, not brainwashed, but my last couple years in New Jersey we were so adamant about dumping the puck in. But you lose a lot of your creativity and you lose a lot of good touches. I mean, if a ‘D’s in your face, you’ve got no other options and you have to.

“But dump it just to dump it, I’m not a believer anymore in getting rid of the puck when it’s so hard to get. That’s the way we played in New Jersey. We always had a plan: Forwards dumped it in, we knew where it was going and that’s how we got it back. But the more I thought about it, possession is just so much better than dumping it in. Dumping it should be, I don’t want to say your last option, but your second or third option.”

-Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild.  More on this topic from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.

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Kane eliminates the Wild

The Minnesota Wild certainly played well in forcing the Blackhawks to six games and an overtime period, but Patrick Kane scoring in overtime has become something of a team-killing cliche. With Ryan Suter chasing his check behind the net and Jonas Brodin engaging in a "fly-by," Matt Cooke needed to try to neutralize Kane as a weird bounce off the back-boards got Ilya Bryzgalov moving, and Cooke whiffed, while Kane did not:

The result? A 2-1 OT win for Chicago, who will wait for the winner of the Ducks-Kings series in the Western Conference Finals, and all of one playoff-winning round for Craig Leipold and his $196 million investment in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, though it's assumed that it's all but inevitable that Austrian-turned-Minnesotan Thomas Vanek will sign with the Wild this summer (as ESPN's Craig Custance suggests in an Insider-only entry). I wonder what excuse Leipold will use if or when he tries to lock out the players and fans again?

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Let’s all feel special because the Suter-and-Parise signings are ‘paying off’ for the Wild

Given that 1. One Craig Leipold's pals in the media penned a set of "feeler" articles stating that he would not be out-bid for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's services, given that 2. Leipold signed the players to lockout-proof contracts and then complained about player costs hampering his business, while he played one of the pivotal owners' roles during the third owners' lockout, and given that 3. the Pioneer Press's Charley Walters posited what is sure to be the first of several, "Leipold won't be out-bid on Vanek, either" not-quite-collusion "feelers"...

I'm not exactly a fan of the warm fuzzies written about a man who spent $196 million on two players and then decided to lament the spending practices of the other guys...

But the "warm fuzzies" continue to flow, and the Star-Tribune's Patrick Reusse spoke with Leipold about the concept that signing Suter and Parise was a community as well as a business decision:

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Video- Zach Parise Booed In His Return To New Jersey

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Loud boos for Parise being announced in starting lineup.

Boos for Parise every time he touches the puck.

You can watch an example below...

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Zach Parise Returns To New Jersey Tonight

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

As happy as Zach Parise has been playing for the Minnesota Wild since leaving the Devils two summers ago - and it appears he's loving life playing close to home - there's so much he misses about his first NHL stop.

His misses his old teammates.

His misses his old fans.

His misses being in a place where he grew up on and off the ice playing for a super strict Hall of Fame boss, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.

"Lou runs a really tight ship there," Parise told reporters. "People have heard the stories — no facial hair, no taping over the stripes on your socks, no jerseys tucked. There's a lot of things.

"It's all about being a team and not one person sticking out in front of anybody else. They really teach you about being a good teammate and being a professional. Everything is first class. They do a good job, when you're a young player especially, [teaching you] what it takes to play in the league and how to be a pro."

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Zach Parise Named Team USA Captain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Zach Parise (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Wild/University of North Dakota), who served as an alternate captain for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, has been named captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. Parise is in his second season as an alternate captain with the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. The United States plays Slovakia in its first game Feb. 13.

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After Missing 14 Games, Zach Parise Returns Tonight Against Chicago

from Kent Youngblood at Russo's Rants,

Parise said he’s confident the foot has healed, that there is no risk of re-injuring it simply by playing. He also said he feels worlds better than the first time he returned and tried to play through the injury. “It’s night and day how much better I feel,” he said. “That’s a good sign. It still hurts a little bit at times. It gets sore after {skating]. But it feels better than it did before when I was playing. The biggest test will be playing in a game.’’

Wild coach Mike Yeo said he and his staff will monitor Parise closely. Parise is not necessarily on a minutes limit, but Yeo will keep track of how he’s playing and where his conditioning is.

“No. 1, we want him on the ice,” Yeo said. “We have to get him back in there, and we wouldn’t be putting him in the lineup if he wasn’t ready. …  We’ll monitor it as far as how he’s doing conditioning-wise and how he looks out there. But we have to get him out there and back to playing his best hockey.’’...

“He’s going to help us with puck possession, which will help us get more pucks to the net,” Yeo said. “The way he hounds pucks, his work ethic, his skill level, executing, his skill level? We’re talking about a guy who consistently puts five-plus shots on the board. For a team that’s been having a tough time getting shots, that’s enormous.’’

more including a picture of Parise wearing the official Team USA apparel.  As Younblood notes, the hockey team will miss both the opening and closing ceremonies at Sochi.

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Update On Zach Parise’s Foot Injury

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Zach Parise continues to work hard off the ice but is not allowed to be on it. I don’t think we’re going to see him for awhile. I don’t know what awhile means, but I hear the latest MRI he had showed a fracture in his foot that didn’t show up the first time around.

Typically stress fractures take four to six weeks. Knowing Parise, it won’t take that long and this shouldn’t affect his Olympic status, but coach Mike Yeo has changed his tune the past few days and stopped calling it day-to-day.

“We’ve got to keep him off the ice until it starts to feel better and then we might have to keep him off a little bit longer,” Yeo said this morning. “We just have make sure he gets a full opportunity to heal. It’s a long season and we need him to have the opportunity to go out and perform and compete at the level that he’s capable of.

“He’s been really grinding it out there. He’s such a competitor, he wants to be in the lineup and it’s been extremely difficult for him. We have to give him a lot of credit for that, but at the same time, we’ve got to make sure he gets better."

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Bad Foot May Force Zach Parise Out Of The Lineup

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild hasn't confirmed, but my educated guess is Parise will miss an uncertain amount of games with his lower-body injury that I assume is an aggravation of the injured foot he has been playing on for more than three weeks.

For a team that lacks confidence and has 22 goals in the past 15 games and must dig deep and figure out a way to stop the bleeding and climb back into the top-8, Parise's absence comes out a bad time.

Parise blocked a shot by Alex Steen on Nov. 25. Coincidentally - or maybe not, the Wild is 5-9-1 since and 1-7-1, including that game in St. Louis, on the road since.

Parise was supposed to miss two to three weeks because of the bum foot but instead missed one game because he felt he could play through the injury and because of how difficult a stretch of games the Wild had coming up.

Commendable, but Parise was clearly playing through pain and the last week to 10 days, his off-ice limp was getting more and more pronounced. You could see it on the ice, too.

My educated guess is Parise will now need to stay off the foot for a little while so it doesn't linger any longer. How long? No clue, but this time doctors may have more say than Parise.

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Parise May Play Tonight

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Parise arrived at Xcel Energy Center this morning in a walking boot and was expected to miss two to three weeks with a bruised foot. But around 10 a.m., Parise went on the ice in a track suit and tested the foot. He looked tentative as he pushed off. He left the ice after five minutes.

Twenty minutes later, he emerged for the morning skate much to the delight of his teammates. During line rushes, he took his spot on the Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle line. That is an indication he will play tonight.

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added 12:06pm,

 

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Parise Out 2-3 Weeks With Bruised Foot

 

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Zach Parise Injured Last Night

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Parise was nailed on the instep of his left foot when he blocked Alex Steen’s one-timer on a first-period penalty kill.

Parise struggled to the bench and was late arriving to the game in the second period. He returned and it was clear his first hop of the boards that he wasn’t feeling the greatest. Still, he battled through three shifts, drew a penalty and played almost every second of a power play before leaving the game for good.

Parise emerged in the locker room after the game in just a dress sock. He was limping, but he said he didn’t know how bad it was and that he’ll wait to find out after seeing doctors and getting x-rays, an MRI, etc., on Tuesday.

“When a guy like Zach gets hurt, it’s always concerning because he’s a top-notch player and brings an awful lot more than just scoring goals," coach Mike Yeo said. "But I do think we’re a deep enough team and have enough character that we should be able to battle through it. But certainly it’ll be a challenge.”

more on the Minnesota loss to St. Louis...

Below, watch Parise taking the shot off of his foot and also in the video, the no-goal call against Parise...

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Astute hockey fans, IceThetics reveal Minnesota Wild’s new road jerseys

Chris from IceThetics.info scours the net for news about hockey jerseys, and he's followed the Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks' jersey tweaks, the Dallas Stars' rebranding and now the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild's teasers regarding a third jersey and new road jersey, respectively.

The Wild were supposed to unveil their road jerseys at the Minnesota State Fair today, but two astute folks on Twitter, Andrew Heil and Dan Stefaniak, let both IceThetics and Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.net know that the Wild posted a photo gallery of their new road jerseys (worn by Zach Parise and Josh Harding) a few hours early.

Chris already has a blog post up on the jerseys, but if you're interested, here's what the Wild's gallery depicts (no more shoulder-and-sleeve piping or "furry"-font numbers):

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Video- The Oh So Close Non-Goal By Zach Parise

Zach Parise will never come closer to scoring a goal than this.  What a stick swoop by Mark Giordano.

 

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A New Beginning In Minnesota And New York

from Michale Ruso of the Star Tribune,

Parise and Suter will slip on Iron Range-red jerseys for the first time and make their Wild debuts against Colorado on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center, in a fitting end to Hockey Day Minnesota.

"It's been a long time of nothing since all that excitement, and now that we're finally here, it's kind of surreal," said Suter. "I just got goose bumps thinking about walking down that tunnel.

"This is where we can hopefully spend the rest of our careers and have a lot of success. It's the first of many games. Finally."

Thanks to the addition of Parise and Suter, there have been grandiose predictions.

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from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,

"I spent the last four or five years as a captain for Columbus. My game and my character improved a lot from that," Nash said. "Coming into a team that already had success here, I think it's the perfect time for me to jump in and help out in any way I can."

Unfortunately for Nash, the excitement in beginning anew with the Blueshirts was stalled by a long, bitter lockout that lasted four months. Instead of making his grand Rangers debut in October, Nash shipped off to Switzerland as he awaited the labor standoff to end.

Not an easy task for a player eager to acclimate to his new surroundings.

"He's so anxious. He really wanted to play. I feel bad for him that way. Even moreso than everybody else," teammate Brad Richards told ESPNNewYork.com. "It's a big opportunity for him, and he knows it."

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Evening Line

“You hope it doesn’t go too long, but it’s tough to grasp when you’ve got a guy in Gary Bettman bragging every year that we’re making ‘record revenue, record revenue, record this,’ and all of a sudden they want to take a quarter of what you’ve made away. That doesn’t make sense to anybody. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.”

-Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild when asked how long the lockout will last.  More from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.

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Parise/Suter Press Conference

Streaming of the press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET.

You can watch it below…

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How The Wild Signed Parise And Suter

from Michael Russo of t Star Tribune,

Two simple signatures on July 4th reshaped an organization in search of an identity.

But it wasn’t simple to get those pens into the hands of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Seventy-two hours might not seem like a long time, but when you are the Minnesota Wild and you have invested hard work and hope into landing two of the most targeted free agents in NHL history while competing against powerhouse teams such as Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago for those players, 72 hours felt like 72 days.

There was anxiety. There were sleepless nights. There were times when they lost hope.

“The first two days were extremely stressful,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “I remember thinking well into July 2, ‘We’re out, we’re done, we’re dead in the water, we’ve got to make a trade.’ I didn’t have any feeling that we were a favorite or on the map. I felt we weren’t there.

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Parise Departs New Jersey Without A Ring

from Mark Everson of the NY Post, Not since Kirk Muller, nearly 21 years ago, has a Devils captain departed New Jersey without a Stanley Cup ring, whether won before, during or after his term of office.

By signing with the Wild on Wednesday, Zach Parise has broken that lineage of Bruce Driver (after), Scott Stevens (during), Scott Niedermayer, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner (before).

Yet, Parise said he doesn’t feel he left things undone in New Jersey when he went home to Minnesota for 13 years and $98 million.

“I’d hate to say unfinished business. I don’t want to downplay what we did this season. We went from missing the playoffs and three first-round exits to the Stanley Cup Finals,” Parise told The Post Friday.

“We got close, very close. We all played as hard as we could. Only one team wins each year, and we gave ourselves a great chance.”

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Devils Disappointed

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

“There’s no question we’re disappointed. It’s a very unfortunate thing when you have a player of his stature that’s come right through the ranks and then, at this given time, a decision is made to go elsewhere,” Lamoriello said today. “You just go forward.”

Lamoriello said the Devils’ offer was competitive to the 13-year, $98 million offer Parise accepted.

“Yes, our offer was competitive. We did not, at any time, have a phone call that we needed to change it or that it had to go up. It was competitive,” the GM said. “There was never a talk about money after our initial meeting in Toronto, where we made our offer. The response was the money we offered would not be the issue.

“We did not get a return call saying the number had to go up. The decision, from what Zach told me, was based upon going home and playing with someone he grew up with. Going home was the real focus. The conversation that he and I had had nothing to do with money or a last offer. It was about his days here with the Devils and some personal comments.”

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Wild Make Signing Of Parise And Suter Official

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with free agent left wing Zach Parise and free agent defenseman Ryan Suter on 13-year contracts.

“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” said Fletcher. “We are extremely excited to add the collective skill, experience and character of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to an already promising roster. We view this as a rare opportunity for us to transform our franchise by adding two marquee players, who are both in the prime of their careers, at the same time. I am grateful to Zach and Ryan and I am also thankful for the substantial commitment and support of Craig Leipold throughout this process. This is a huge step forward in our quest to bring a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey.”

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Suter Agrees To Terms With Minnesota, Parise May Be Next

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild has landed its blue-chip defenseman and is working toward landing the big fish, blue-chip forward as well.

After an impressive maneuver Tuesday to get itself in front of free-agent Ryan Suter, the Wild has agreed to terms on a 13-year contract with defenseman Ryan Suter, sources say.

But the Wild’s not done in its attempt to shake a hockey-mad market into a frenzy.

According to sources, the Wild was working on agreeing to terms with Minneapolis-born Zach Parise on a 13-year deal.

If successful, and it appears as if it will be, Parise and Suter are forming a star-studded tandem that can come to Minnesota and perhaps help alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.

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added 12:19pm, via Michael Russo tweet,

#mnwild has agreed to terms on Zach Parise to 13-year deal; Now it’s official. Maybe they’ll announce Winter Classic today for trifecta. ha

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Is Today The Day?

First off, Happy Independence Day to all in the US and elsewhere who call the United States home.

Next, two well respected hockey people have some news for us.

added 8:46am, via ESPN,

Prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are expected to decide their futures Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

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Want Another Parise And A Bit Of Suter Update?

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Parise Update - Short Edition

I am sure many of you just want a decision from Zach Parise but…

Today Michael Russo found Parise at the airport and to make it short, no decision yet, needs to talks with fiancee which has not yet happened.

More in the numerous Russo tweets.

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Zach Parise Still Undecided

via David Shoalts tweet,

Parise says he will return home tomorrow and discuss things with his family. Would not say which teams in contention but Devils still in mix

update 5:46pm, vi Rich Chere tweets,

Arnott (agent): “...He’s gone back to the hotel to review things with his fiance and family. We expect he’ll now probably be able to come closer…”

Arnott: “...to making a decision maybe some time later tonight. If not, tomorrow morning.”

Arnott says he doesn’t know if they’ll hold off announcing Parise’s decision. “It will depend on how late he makes it.”

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Destinations For Parise And Suter

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The offers were numerous for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on Sunday, so it should surprise no one that they needed at least a day to collect their thoughts.

Parise got offers from the likes of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Carolina and Dallas among other teams, while keeping the dialogue open with New Jersey.

By the end of the day, the Stars and Hurricanes said they were out of the Parise mix, the Kings felt they were long shots, while the Red Wings weren’t very confident. It certainly felt like it was down to the Penguins, Devils, Wild and Flyers.

Playing with Sidney Crosby is a big-time allure, but Minnesota also appeals a lot to the Minneapolis native, in my understanding. And you can’t count out New Jersey. The Devils captain told reporters outside Newport Sports’ offices in the Toronto area that he would make a decision Monday.

Suter received offers from the Red Wings, Wild, Flyers, Penguins and Blackhawks among other teams, while Nashville GM David Poile said he was also preparing an offer to try and retain him.

Hard to bet against Detroit here, but I’d keep an eye on Minnesota and Nashville as well.

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Update On Parise

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Zach Parise’s decision will not come until tomorrow. Has narrowed the field to a select group and will decide Monday.

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Parise Would Be A Hero In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild can’t offer Zach Parise the chance to play alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the way the Pittsburgh Penguins can. It can’t offer Zach Parise a rich history of winning the way the Detroit Red Wings can.

What the Wild can offer the New Jersey Devils captain and Minnesota native is a chance to play in front of friends and family, to help mold a sizable corps of prospects set to burst onto the scene and to become a hero to a hockey-crazed market salivating for Parise to take his talents to ... the Twin Cities.

Oh, and the Wild can offer Parise a boatload of dough.

The Wild is ready and willing to do everything it possibly can to try to knock Parise’s socks off when free agency opens Sunday morning at 11 (CT).

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