Forward Zach Parise said he is pleased with how his rehab is going with his back, and he is still on schedule to play in the World Cup of Hockey in September.
"I'm happy with the way everything is going, and how everything is progressing," Parise said.
The decision was made to continue with his current regimen, and not undergo surgery, one that Parise said was the right call.
"When you can avoid getting cut open that's always a good thing," he said.
Nothing has changed in terms of his expectations, and Parise there's no question he'll be ready for the World Cup and upcoming NHL season.
"(I'm doing) a little bit of skating, a little rehab, and then working out as normal as I would any other summer," Parise said. "That's why I'm happy with the way it's going because I'm able to do what I normally do had nothing happened. That's why I'm really optimistic, and feeling really good about it."
Parise also said he had a chance to meet with new Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau, a conversation which he said went very well.
"I’m excited about it. I think we all are," he said. "We’re looking forward to playing for him. He’s always coached really good teams and had success. That’s something that a coach and he should take a lot of pride in."
During the Wild's exit interviews, General Manager Chuck Fletcher said Jared Spurgeon was among one of the Wild players who dealt with an injury during the end of the season.
"It’s just part of the game," Spurgeon said on Thursday at a charity event he helped host with the Wild. "Everybody goes through the battles that we all do – bumps and bruises. But at the end of the year, you start to feel a little bit more with the adrenaline."
Spurgeon said he had a shoulder injury, but the rest he is getting now has been good for him.
"We didn’t really know what it was until after the season," he said. "We went and got MRI's and a bunch of treatments and shots."