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Boudreau: Parise won't be out long after scary high-sticking incident

There was much relief around Xcel Energy Center today when the team got word that Zach Parise didn't suffer any serious harm to his eye--or anything else--after a frightening incident Tuesday. In the first period of the Wild's overtime loss to Washington, Parise caught a high stick from the Capitals' Tom Wilson in the eye. As he was falling, his head collided hard with Jay Beagle's leg.

Parise was helped off the ice and had a swollen eye. Wednesday, Boudreau reported that Parise was "black and blue ... and a little sore on his upper body,'' but otherwise fine. Parise did not practice Wednesday and isn't likely to play Thursday against Ottawa at Xcel, but Boudreau expects him back soon.

"He can see, and he's fine as far as that goes,'' the coach said. "I don't think he's going to be out for a long period of time. I don't think he's going to play (against Ottawa), but at the same time, it wouldn't surprise me if after the weekend, he's ready to go.''

Boudreau did lots of instruction during a 40-minute practice Wednesday. The Wild worked on special teams and its forecheck, seeking to regain its form after going 2-9-2 in its past 13 games and 3-10-2 in March.

The team also welcomed back forward Joel Eriksson Ek. During Wednesday's practice, he centered the fourth line, with Nino Niederreiter on the left side and Jordan Schroeder swapping turns with Ryan White on the right. Eriksson Ek was recalled Tuesday; his season with Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League ended with Friday's playoff loss to HV71.

Boudreau said he will need time to decide whether Eriksson Ek fits better at center or left wing with the Wild. He isn't sure whether Eriksson Ek will play against Ottawa.

"He looks bigger and stronger,'' Boudreau said. "He's 205 pounds now; he wasn't 205 pounds when he first got here. He's starting to grow into his body. He's been a great player in Europe, and he was good for us here earlier on.''

Eriksson Ek said he needs to be stronger on the puck than he was in his first nine-game turn with the Wild, noting "there are some big players here.'' He said he had a significant role with Farjestad and is excited to be back.

"I've been playing a lot, and I feel good,'' he said. "This is a big opportunity for me. I just have to play my game; I'll just do my best and see what happens.''

The rather interesting lines at practice today:

Stewart-Staal-Coyle

Zucker-Koivu-Granlund

Haula-Hanzal-Pominville

Niederreiter-Eriksson Ek-Schroeder/White

Wild reaches deal with U's Kloos, pursuing Union College star

The Wild has agreed to terms with University of Minnesota senior center Justin Kloos on a two-year, $1.4 million entry-level contract. The contract starts next season and he'll report to Iowa on an amateur tryout. The two-way deal comes with $92,500 signing bonuses and $70,000 minor-league salaries. He is on his way to the arena to sign now.

Wild loves Kloos' character and skill, and he did have a bunch of offers.

The one the Wild would also really love to get?

I hear from multiple sources that the Wild's also in on Hobey Baker finalist Mike Vecchione, the all-time leading scorer in Union College history with 176 points and all-time assists leader with 105. The two-time captain was ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and All-ECAC Hockey First Team this season.

He scored 63 points this season, the most in a single year and is the NCAA active leader with 71 goals and 176 points and tied for first with seven shorthanded goals.

The Rangers, Flyers, Bruins, Lightning and Red Wings are also reportedly pursuing.

As for Kloos, the Lakeville native and 2012 Minnesota Mr. Hockey (41 goals, 103 points in his final year at Lakeville South) captained the Gophers the past two seasons. He never missed a game in his four-year collegiate career.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Kloos, 23, led all active Big Ten players and ranking third among active NCAA players with 150 career points (63 goals, 87 assists) during his college career. He ranks 28th all-time at Minnesota in points and tallied 30 or more points in each of his four seasons, including 43 as both a junior and senior. A First Team All-Big Ten selection this year, Kloos was the program’s Joh Mariucci Most Valuable Player Award as a senior while also sharing the Elwin “Doc” Romnes Leadership & Sportsmanship Award with fellow senior Jake Bischoff.

Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose were other among the other teams that were interested in Kloos.

He joins Erik Haula, Mike Reilly, Jordan Schroeder and Nick Seeler as former Gophers in the organization.

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