The Minnesota Wild were dealt a huge blow yesterday as they had to place star forward Zach Parise on the injured reserved list. Parise had missed the past few games and an MRI revealed a fracture in his left foot which will keep him out of action for a reported 4-6 weeks.
For a struggling Minnesota Wild team, losing the offensive talent of Parise is something that will surely not help. In 37 games this year Parise has scored 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points. This injury will force the wild to do some different things especially on the power play as Parise currently has 8 power play goals. Captain Miko Koivu and winger Jason Pomminville are going to need to step up in order for the struggling Wild to stay in the playoff race with Parise out.
The injury is also a blow for Team USA in the upcoming Olympics. The announcement of the American roster is set for tomorrow at the Winter Classic and Parise was a lock to make the squad. He is slated to skate on the top two offensive lines and provide Team USA with energy and scoring. This injury may force General Manager David Poile to rethink putting him on the team if he will not be healthy enough to compete in the games. One would have to assume that Poile puts Parise on the roster and if need be he still has the injured player exemption he can use if Parise is not ready to go.
Parise is currenty in the second year of the 13 year $98 million dollar contract that he signed last year after becoming a free agent.