No Zach Parise. No Mikael Granlund. No problem? Not exactly. With both players injured and out for Thursday’s measuring-stick game against the rival Blackhawks in Chicago, the Minnesota Wild are down to 11 healthy forwards on the roster, leaving them shorthanded up front for the second straight game. They were forced to fill the hole in the lineup with extra defensemen in the 5-4 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last weekend. The reason for that is money. Or lack thereof. The Wild are paying out $74,793,591 this season to players on their current roster, leaving the team just $206,409 of space with the NHL’s $75 million salary cap. That’s not enough to call up a forward from the minors. To do that, the Wild would need to send down a defenseman, presumably former Gopher Mike Reilly, who would not need to be put on waivers.
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St. Paul Pioneer Press | Oct 12