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Report: Parise’s foot injury never healed

Dec 24, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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Remember when Zach Parise returned from a foot injury weeks earlier than timetables suggested?

Sounds like it might be catching up to him, per Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune:

Parise missed the 4-1 loss [Monday, in Philadelphia] with what the team called a “lower-body” injury. It was Parise’s second game missed this season. He will be evaluated during the Christmas break and Yeo hopes it’s not serious.

Parise, who has 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games, missed a Nov. 27 game against Phoenix with a bruised foot that was expected to sideline him for two to three weeks. It has never healed, evidence by his continued limping off the ice.

It’s believed that’s why he missed Monday’s game.

If Parise’s foot is still bothering him, it makes sense that the Wild sat him against the Flyers. It was the second game of a back-to-back (Minnesota lost 4-1 on Sunday at MSG) and the night off will give Parise an extra day of rest, as the Wild are now in their holiday break and won’t play against until Friday, when they take on the Jets in Winnipeg.

As Russo mentioned, Parise injured his foot against Phoenix on Nov. 27 but was right back in the lineup the next night out (a 3-1 loss to Colorado) and has played 11 games since, scoring four goals and one assist.


  1. 950003cups - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Neither did his torn meniscus.

  2. rebekah319 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I’m not surprised that his foot is not healed fully and what not it was evident by his play over the past few weeks. Anyway I just hope he did not do further damage to it.

  3. nj666 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    good job going to a team that would rather rush you back instead of letting you heal correctly….

  4. rebekah319 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    He was the one that wanted to play so…. it was not the team! What are you doing to tell him he cant play? Well he did and now it hurts more so there was no win win here.

    • nj666 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      the team has total control wether he plays or not… they have a team doctor and tons of trainers I’m sure. You mean to tell me they all cleared him to go?

      • hazlydose - Dec 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Thats how it works in theory, but the top guys usually make their own decisions unless it is a concussion. Do you think the Bruins medical staff cleared Bergeron and told him he was ready to go with broken ribs?

      • mp1131211 - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        If it was a bruise, all Parise had to do was tell them it didn’t hurt anymore and there is nothing the trainers could have done. You can’t test the healing of a bruise like you can a torn ligament or concussion or something. Its completely subjective. Its not the trainer’s fault or the team’s. And if what 950003cups says is true, sounds like Parise has a history of rushing back too soon. He might have been pressured, but bruising is about pain level, so its up to the player to decide.

  5. polishblue - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    They should just sit him and let him recover for the Olympics. Not to attack the Wild fan base but its hard to see how they can make the playoffs with the West so deep. Might as well let the guy rest for USA and take one for the team-errrr country.

    I mean, as a Rangers fan, I have to believe that’s what we’re doing with Henrik. Letting him rest for the Olympics 😉

    …or maybe Cam’s just been the better goalie

    • 950003cups - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Cam is the MUCH better goalie for the time being. That could change overnight. But as of LAST night, its Cam Talbot. It’s quite a surprise. There were other names that were being looked at as the apparent replacement for Lundqvist. The name Cam Talbot was never mentioned. He was an undrafted FA. Here’s a scouting report on him. Basically giving him absolutely ZERO HOPE.

      “Assets: Has outstanding size (6-3, 205 pounds) for the goaltending position at the National Hockey League level. Works very hard on honing his skills at lower levels.

      Flaws: Needs to become a more consistent goalkeeper in order to reach his pro potential, which is as a backup netminder at the National Hockey League level.

      Career Potential: Depth goaltender with a little upside.”

      Nice to see. He’s the only Ranger I might root for. For now, I guess.

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    The big problem is their lack of scoring depth. He has a big contract and is probably “mentally shouldering the burden” of trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.

    None of us will know if he was rushed or rushed himself.

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