Parise (back) officially has been cleared to play in the World Cup of Hockey, the Star Tribune reports.
Parise, who missed the postseason with a herniated disc in his back, said in late May that there's "no question" he'll be ready for the international tournament, and it's even more encouraging that the stud winger hasn't had any setbacks while skating or working out this deep in the offseason. Parise opted for an extended rehab rather than undergoing surgery to correct his ailment, with new Wild coach Bruce Boudreau suggesting that Minnesota will give the 32-year-old the occasional day off from practice during the busier times of the upcoming NHL season.
Parise decided against surgery to treat a herniated disk in his back, but nonetheless, the rehab is said to be going well. Minnesota was defeated by Dallas in the conference quarterfinals, a playoff round that Parise was unable to take part in due to his ailing back. Still, with his condition improving and the
Zach Parise won't need surgery for the back injury that caused him to miss the playoffs. "I mean the doctors are really happy with the progress I've made so far, and they're not worried about it dragging into next season or being a continual problem," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "You never know, because things can happen, but I'm hoping that after some rehab I'll be in the clear and not have to worry about it anymore."
Parise played last season with a herniated disk that put pressure on a nerve in his lower back. He said he first noticed the injury in January and a hard hit ended his season on April 5. It's good news he's making progress, but we'll have to monitor his progress this summer.
The 31-year-old left winger tallied 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) in 70 games this season before sustaining a season-ending lower back injury on April 5. Team doctors discovered that Parise was playing with a herniated disk that put pressure on a nerve in his lower back. Despite wanting to avoid surgery and a lengthy post-op rehab, a decision needs to be made soon if he wants to be ready by the start of next season.
Coach John Torchetti indicated Wednesday that
There's been no indication he was making significant progress in his recovery, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Parise's timetable remains pretty open-ended. It's quite possible he's played his last game of the season for the