OTTAWA - Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise has a concussion that will keep him out indefinitely.
Parise did not travel with the Wild on their three-game road trip, starting Thursday in Ottawa. Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the diagnosis to reporters after the team's morning skate, calling the injury "obviously a big blow" to the Wild. Parise was hurt Tuesday during a 4-1 defeat by Pittsburgh. Yeo said the concussion came on during the course of the game.
Thomas Vanek will move up to the first line and play left wing in place of Parise, next to Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville.
Parise has four goals and six assists, a team-high 10 points in 11 games.
The Wild also travelled without left wing Matt Cooke (lower body) and defenceman Jared Spurgeon (upper body).