Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will miss at least another eight to 10 weeks of action after back surgery. He had the procedure on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old has yet to play this season and seems to have injured himself during training camp. Some reports suggest that Parise was experiencing pain and discomfort before training camp.
On Tuesday, he underwent a microdiscectomy to repair the herniated disc. The operation took place at the Tria Orthopedic Center in Bloomington and was performed by Dr. Kevin Mullaney.
Parise has, for some reason, declined to say that he was suffering a back injury. In the past four seasons, he’s missed 48 regular season games due to injury. He initially injured his back in the 2015-2016 season and didn’t skate in the playoffs that spring, but he didn’t have surgery either. He missed 13 games in 2016-2017 due to unrelated issues.
“I feel like I’ve been playing too much lately at below 100 percent, and it gets to be a challenge after a while,” Parise said in early October. “So at least to start the season, I’d like to feel good going into the season and not be worried about an injury.”
In 2016-2017, Parise scored 19 goals and added 23 assists for a total of 42 points in 69 games. His best season to date was a 94-point campaign in 2008-2009 with the New Jersey Devils. He managed 45 goals that season.
Parise was drafted by New Jersey in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, going 17th overall. He’s currently in the sixth season of a massive 13-year contract with Minnesota.
“He’s obviously a great player,” Wild forward Jason Zucker said. “The stuff he brings on the ice goes without saying. He’s also a great leader. He’s a great guy to have around the room. We obviously miss having him. With the way he works, he’ll be back and he’ll be back stronger than ever. We are excited for that day when he can come back and join us.”
Minnesota is also missing forwards Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter. Both were injured in mid-October in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks and both will be on the shelf for a little while. Mikael Granlund is expected to return Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, however.