September 14, 2018 04:34 PM
When last we saw the Minnesota Wild, they were without Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as they bowed out in the first round of the playoffs. Both were at full speed on the first day of training camp ahead of the new season.
Click the video box on this page to see Ryan Suter and Zach Parise discuss the start of training camp, their returns from injuries and what lies ahead for the Wild in the 2018-19 season
All players were present and accounted on Day 1 at the Xcel Energy Center. Several - Luke Kunin, for one - were not full participants as they continue to work through injuries.
But Parise, injured during the Wild's playoff series defeat, and Suter, who suffered a broken leg late in the regular season, were both cleared for contact and full participants.
The centerpiece of the first day of training camp under Bruce Boudreau is his infamous "fitness test".
Players must skate three reps of four-and-a-half lengths of the ice with two minutes in between reps. Each rep must be completed within a specified time: 37-seconds for the first rep, 40-seconds for the second and 41-seconds for the last. Failure to meet the times leads to two more reps.
Watch Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu & Nino Niederreiter push through a segment of @MnWild coach Bruce Boudreau's infamous fitness test.— KSTPSports (@KSTPSports) September 14, 2018
It's 4 1/2 lengths of the ice, three times, w/ 2:00 rest between reps. Time limit is 37 seconds in 1st rep, then 40, then 41. Failing = 2 more reps pic.twitter.com/tujtRQmCv6
Parise - along with linemates Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter - all beat the deadline. Several players didn't.
Suter was able to perform his fitness test before camp began.
Training camp continues with the only open-to-the-public session of camp on Saturday morning (Sept 15) at 9 a.m.
The Wild open the preseason Monday, September 17th at Winnipeg. The first home preseason game is against Dallas on Thursday, September 20th.
Camp runs through the preseason, ending Tuesday, October 2nd.
The Wild open the regular season Thursday, October 4th in Colorado. The home opener is Saturday, October 6th against Vegas.
Updated: September 14, 2018 04:34 PM
Created: September 14, 2018 04:26 PM
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