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Minnesota GM Fletcher says forward 'doing well,' not ruling out trades to acquire draft picks @NHLdotcom

Zach Parise has been skating on his own and is feeling good, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Monday.

Parise missed the Wild's six games against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference First Round because of a back injury.

"He's doing well," Fletcher said, according to the Star Tribune. "He feels very good. Rehab has gone well and he's working out and skating."

Fletcher said he will consider all options toward improving the Wild. They are one of seven teams to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs four straight seasons, but they haven't advanced past the second round since 2003.

"Everything has to be on the table coming off the season we just had," Fletcher said. "It's a constant quest to add talent."

The first step in that process was hiring Bruce Boudreau as coach May 7. He replaced John Torchetti, who had been the interim coach following the firing of Mike Yeo on Feb. 13.

Fletcher said he has gotten trade inquiries on the availability of a number of players, among them goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who can become a restricted free agent July 1. With goalie Devan Dubnyk signed through 2020-21, Fletcher said he is open to trading Kuemper if there's something that makes sense.

Defenseman Matt Dumba also could be a trade candidate. He will be a restricted free agent July 1, and the Wild have defense prospects Mike Rielly, Christian Folin and Gustav Oloffson ready to push for NHL spots.

Any trade could bring back picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Wild have four picks, starting with No. 15 in the first round. They also have a pick in the fourth round and two in the seventh.

The draft will be held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on June 24-25. The first round is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); Rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2).

"Our focus has been trying to improve our team," Fletcher said. "If we can add a pick during that process we'll do it."

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