Wild’s No. 1 Line All M.I.A

Posted on November 8th, 2007 – 3:08 PM
By Michael Russo

Marian Gaborik skated before practice at Parade Ice Garden to test his injured groin. He did not talk after because he went to the arena to receive treatment. Pavol Demitra wasn’t around. He received treatment as well.

Assistant GM Tom Lynn said both are still sore and a status for Sunday’s game at Colorado will be provided Saturday.

Coach Jacques Lemaire says he doesn’t know how long they’ll be out or if they’re going on the upcoming road trip.

If they don’t go on the trip to at least practice, it’ll be awhile. Considering Demitra is not skating and the Wild has not offered a timetable on him, I believe his injury is more serious than Gaborik’s.

As for Walz, here’s the update from the Wild:

MINNESOTA WILD STATEMENT ON WES WALZ

“Wes Walz has requested and been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team. We have no further details at this time.”

So that clears up everything.

The only thing I can again share with you for certain is I’ve been assured there is nothing else to this other than he’s re-examining his desire to continue playing. He’s perfectly fine health-wise and his family is OK. His teammates do not know what is going on. “We’d like some peace of mind,” one said today.

As a courtesy — essentially because it’s the much-respected Wes Walz — the team has decided not to suspend him. He’s been taken off the roster but will continue to get paid his 900K salary and be counted against the salary cap

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