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Sounds like Zach Parise isn’t a lock to play Game 1 for Wild


Zach Parise‘s cloudy situation is labeled “day-to-day,” and there’s some worry that it will mean enough days that he might not be able to play when the Minnesota Wild kick off their first-round series against the Dallas Stars.

That’s the worry-packed word from an interesting story by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, who wonders if Parise is dealing with “something new” instead of an earlier noted upper-body injury.

Chris Porter said Parise “has been mum about it to everybody. It’s obviously bad. We were all joking that he’s a superstitious guy and scoring three on Backy (Niklas Backstrom) last time, you know it has to be something if he’s going to miss a game against a goalie he scored three against a few weeks ago.”


We already know that Thomas Vanek is unlikely to be good to go to start. Russo notes that red-hot forward Erik Haula is banged up, too.

When people spoke of the Wild “limping” into the playoffs, it felt like it was a figurative thing, noting that they’ve lost five in a row. It might be more literal than expected, however, if Parise and Haula join Vanek on the sidelines.

Busy wire day, too: Laich clears, Berra and Rinaldo on waivers


A busy day heading into the twilight of the trade deadline brings about other moves, including a boatload of activity on waivers.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie makes it easy for us all by compiling them all in a handful of tweets.

Waived, according to McKenzieAlex Stalock, Reto Berra, Rene Bourque, Mike Brown, David Warsofsky, Adam Cracknell, Adam Pardy and Zac Rinaldo.

Berra’s an interesting consideration, as he’s shown flashes of brilliance despite arguably being a little pricey when it comes the the assets Colorado spent to acquire and then keep him.

Stalock is noteworthy as he was part of the James Reimer trade, but won’t get an immediate look in Toronto.

Finally, Rinaldo tends to make waves when he plays in the NHL …

Clearing waivers, via McKenzie: Maxime Talbot, Chris Porter and Brooks Laich.

Laich is playing for Washington as of this writing.

Caps place Brooks Laich on waivers; Coyotes claim Jiri Sekac


A lot of activity on the waiver wire on Saturday.

The Washington Capitals have placed veteran Brooks Laich on waivers.

The 32-year-old has been with the Capitals since 2003-04 and has had some productive seasons, but those days appear to be long gone.

Laich has just one goal and seven points in 59 games this season.

He has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million which makes anyone else claiming him extremely unlikely.

Should the Caps decide to send him to the minors, they’d save $950,000 on the cap.

Max Talbot (Bruins) and Chris Porter (Wild) were also placed on waivers by their respective teams.

With Mikkel Boedker likely on his way out of Arizona, the Coyotes claimed forward Jiri Sekac on waivers from the ‘Hawks.

Sekac has an intriguing combination of size and skill, but he’s been unable to put it all together since coming to the NHL last season.

This will be his fourth stop (Montreal, Anaheim, Chicago, Arizona) in less than two seasons.

The 23-year-old has one goal and four points in 28 games in 2015-16.

Wild claim Stoll off waivers from Rangers


Jarret Stoll has a new home.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild claimed Stoll off waivers from the Rangers, per Sportsnet.

It’s an interesting move from the Wild, a team looking to bolster its depth at center — and one, according to GM Chuck Fletcher, that made a run at Stoll this summer in free agency.

“So when we got a second chance at it, we just grabbed him,” Fletcher said, per the Star-Tribune. “Very good penalty killer, top faceoff guy, a guy that excels on the right side of the ice, which still has not been our strength in faceoffs, shoots the puck really well.”

Currently, the club has Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Charlie Coyle and Eric Haula playing down the middle. Coyle, though, is a converted winger and Haula, while effecting manning the fourth line with Chris Porter and Ryan Carter, has never really been that strong of a faceoff guy, with a career winning percentage of just 47.5.

Stoll also brings playoff experience to the table, no small thing for a Wild club looking to get over the hump.

For the last three years, the club has been bounced by the Chicago Blackhawks — once in the opening round, twice in the second — so there’s likely hope that Stoll, who won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Kings, can provide veteran leadership and know-how in the postseason.

Stoll was also help Minnesota’s penalty kill, which heads into Tuesday’s game against Vancouver sitting a dismal 26th in the league (77.1 percent).

Stoll, 33, is on a one-year deal worth $800,000.

Yeo: Parise out ‘couple of games,’ doesn’t think injury’s ‘month-to-month’


There’s a bit more optimism out of Minnesota regarding Zach Parise than there was last night.

On Friday, head coach Mike Yeo ruled Parise out for the “next couple of games” after Parise exited Thursday’s loss to Nashville following a heavy hit from Preds forward James Neal.

Yeo then added that he didn’t believe the injury to his leading goalscorer was long-term:

Given the Wild wasted no time ruling Parise out of Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay, news that he’d miss the next couple of games was hardly a surprise.

As for the “what now?” part…

— Yeo didn’t get into any potential timetable for return, only confirming that Parise is meeting with doctors today.

— The Wild haven’t made any recalls from AHL Iowa, and may temporarily hold off due to cap ramifications.

— With Parise out, Friday’s lines looked like this:

Jason ZuckerMikko KoivuNino Niederreiter

Jason PominvilleMikael GranlundCharlie Coyle

Thomas VanekErik HaulaJordan Schroeder

Chris PorterRyan Carter

— Yeo said any recall could slide into either of the bottom two lines, but the top two would remain the same regardless of who gets added to the roster.