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Parise (bruised foot) out 2-3 weeks

Nov 26, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise is out two-to-three weeks with a bruised foot, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Parise suffered the injury blocking a shot in Monday’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues:

The good news is that the 29-year-old won’t need to undergo surgery.

In fact, the Wild were generally upbeat about the situation; GM Chuck Fletcher said he was worried this could have been a four-to-six week kind of problem.

Fletcher said that this loss means forwards such as Jason Zucker and Dany Heatley need to step up.

It won’t be easy, as Parise himself noted a tough upcoming schedule. Still, these things happen, as Fletcher notes.

“We’ll see what this means, but there’s no reason to be overly down about it,” Fletcher said. “Every team goes through this.”

  1. 950003cups - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    That’s the least of their problems. Goaltending is their problem. Harding’s injury is gonna cost. Add Parise to that mix and the Wild are gonna have to work hard for some points.

  2. lowenni - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I find Parise to be overrated. He’s not the 90 point scorer he was a few seasons ago, although he is very multi-dimensional. Just wondering, but does anybody agree? Is he worth all that money?

    • 19to77 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Ehhh… the cap hit’s a little steep, but the killer is the duration of the contract. Like you said, he’s multidimensional and brings a lot of elements that aren’t visible on the scoreboard. The problem is that whether or not he’s worth it right now, he definitely can’t justify that immense $7.5m cap hit in the long run. Guy’s gonna have that cap hit ’till he’s 40. There’s just no way in hell it’ll look good the whole time. It’s just a matter of how long it takes before he starts to slow down with age. If the contract had been for 7-8 years it would actually be pretty good. For 13, though? There’s a buyout somewhere in his future.

      • in1chuck1we1trust - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Year 1: $2 million base salary + $10 million signing bonus = $12 million
        Year 2: $2 million base salary + $10 million signing bonus = $12 million
        Year 3: $6 million base + $5 million signing bonus = $11 million
        Years 4-8: $9 million base
        Year 9: $8 million base
        Year 10: $6 million base
        Year 11: $2 million base
        Years 12-13: $1 million base

      • hazlydose - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Year 1: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Year 2: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Year 3: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Years 4-8: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Year 9: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Year 10: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Year 11: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        Years 12-13: $7,538,462 Cap hit
        See how that pesky salary cap works?

      • kopy - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        8 years ago the salary cap was $39 Mill. Now it’s $64 Mill. At that pace it’s going to be $100 Million at the end of Parise’s contract. That’s how the pesky salary cap works.

  3. rebekah319 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Yes he is worth every penny that we have given him. Based on the type of person and player you get I would say 100%. He has been nothing but great here.

    • 19to77 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Problem is he’ll look hideously overpaid in 8-10 years… with several more still to go on his endless friggin’ contract.

  4. purpleguy - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    This cap consternation over the next 10 years over-rated. The cap is going to rise in future years, as will contracts (ie, the recent Canadian TV contract blockbuster). What seems onerous now may not look so bad then. By the way, there are many very productive NHL players in their late 30s, and Parise’s style of play should still be viable as he ages. It’s not like Gaborik is losing effectiveness as his legs go and his groin disintegrates. Any worry about Paris’s contract is much ado about probably nothing.

  5. mnwildfan15 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    2-3 weeks in Zach’s mind must mean 2-3 days he’s already on the ice for morning skate working with his line during line rushes. 50-50 chance he plays tonight

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