Dec 17, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise resumed skating on Tuesday, remains on IR

The Minnesota Wild thought they were going to come off a strong 2013 season and carve out a new place for themselves in the 2014 landscape. But injuries and poor play have derailed their Stanley Cup dreams and the team is focused not only trying to turn things around, but also on the status of star winger Zach Parise.

According to Minnesota Wild beat writer Michael Russo from the Star Tribune, Parise resumed skating on Tuesday but still remains “a ways away” from returning to the lineup.

Zach Parise skated for the first time today. He will miss his 11th straight game and is still a ways away from returning.

Parise has been on IR since late December with a foot injury stemming from a shot he blocked with his skate back in November. Parise suffered a foot contusion on that play but it was later revealed that he had a stress fracture, prompting his trip to IR.

The Wild are expecting Parise to return at some point this season, but his trip to IR means that his availability for the U.S. Olympic Hockey team could be in doubt.

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