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Parise gets familiar with new Wild coach

New Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sat down last week with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the team's $98 million men, to make sure the franchise's highest-paid and most important players are on board with the new direction.Parise said the conve...

New Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sat down last week with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the team’s $98 million men, to make sure the franchise’s highest-paid and most important players are on board with the new direction.
Parise said the conversation went well.
“I’m excited about it,” Parise said of playing for his new coach. “I think we all are. I think we’re looking forward to playing for him. I think it’s going to be awesome.”
For Boudreau to succeed with the Wild, he’ll need to have Parise and Suter on board. It is not surprising that he sat down with them before meeting with most of the other Wild players.
Unlike the past two Wild coaches, Todd Richards and Mike Yeo, Boudreau comes to Minnesota with a proven record, something his new players noticed. Boudreau’s NHL coaching record is 681-409-192 in 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. In those 10 seasons, his teams won eight division titles.
“He has always coached really good teams and had success,” Parise said. “That’s something that he should take a lot of pride in.”
Parise said teams occasionally need a new voice to help them improve.
“That happens, yeah, there’s no question,” Parise said. “For whatever reason, there’s a pretty short shelf life for coaches in the NHL. It’s always been like that. But I’m hoping for us that it’s going to be a good thing. I’m excited to see where we’re going to be able to go. He has had great teams and great records.”
Parise’s first public comments on the new coach came at a charity event Thursday set up by teammate Jared Spurgeon to raise money for those affected by the Canadian wildfires that have swept through Spurgeon’s home province of Alberta.
Spurgeon said he hadn’t spoken with Boudreau, but he knows this much: It was always a challenge playing against teams coached by Boudreau, and that’s a good thing.
“They were good hockey teams that played offensive but defensive at the same time,” Spurgeon said. “They’re hard teams to play against. With the team we have and the speed we have, it should work well.”
Parise added that he is recovering well from a back injury that kept him out the Wild’s first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars. Parise said he is skating and “working out as normal.”
“That’s why I’m happy with the way it’s going because I’m able to do what I normally would do (in the offseason) had nothing happened,” Parise said. “That’s why I’m really optimistic and feeling really good.”
Parise is happy he decided not to have surgery after the injury. “When you can avoid getting cut open, that’s always a good thing,” he said.
Notes
Days after the season ended, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher called Spurgeon “the toughest kid I’ve ever seen. He was probably
80 percent (healthy) most of the year and played 25 minutes per night.”
On Thursday, Spurgeon disclosed that he played through a shoulder and bicep tendon injury. The injury kept him from playing for Canada in the recent world championships.
“It’s just part of the game,” Spurgeon said. “Everybody goes through the battles that we all do … just bumps and bruises.”
r World Cup of Hockey teams finalized their rosters Friday for the September tournament. Mountain Iron-Buhl graduate and former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Matt Niskanen of the Washington Capitals was named to the U.S. squad. Wild forwards Nino Niederreiter (Europe) and Erik Haula (Finland) were added to their teams. Parise (U.S.), Suter (U.S.), Mikko Koivu (Finland), Mikael Granlund (Finland) and Thomas Vanek (Europe) already are on their teams’ rosters.

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