NHL notes: J.P. Parise's health deteriorating
Zach Parise, right, poses with his father, former NHLer J.P., and brother Jordan after winning a midget hockey tournament in 2001. (QMI Agency)
The health of former NHL great J.P. Parise, the father of Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, is failing, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The 73-year-old Parise, who played for five NHL teams during a career that spanned 1963 to 1979, has stopped chemotherapy to treat Stage 4 lung cancer and his condition has deteriorated, Zach Parise told the newspaper.
“It’s hard to watch,” Zach Parise said. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life. Hockey was our thing. Him coming to every game or watching every game and talking to him after every game and talking hockey, that’s not there anymore. So, so … it’s been tough.
“I don’t know how else to put it; it’s been brutal. It’s been brutal for my mom. You go and see him and you see how he is and the pain that he’s going through, there’s no escaping it, there’s no dodging it.”
J.P. Parise spent a month in hospital last fall getting chemotherapy but has since discontinued it. He was diagnosed with cancer last January.
In 890 career NHL games, J.P. Parise had 238 goals and 356 assists. Most of his success came with the Minnesota North Stars but he also played on the Canadian team that took on the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series.
BALLARD'S CAREER OVER?
Another concussion could end the career of Minnesota Wild defenceman Keith Ballard.
Ballard was hurt Dec. 9 when he was hit head-first into the boards by New York Islanders forward Matt Martin. He was left with three facial fractures and a concussion, the latest in a string of head injuries he’s suffered during his NHL career.
And this one has Ballard thinking his playing days could be over.
“Not ready to make that decision right now,” Ballard said Monday on the Wild’s official website. “I’ll make it if I get to that point. I might not have to make it depending on how long these symptoms last.”
Ballard, 32, said he is still experiencing concussion symptoms nearly a month after being injured. With a family to consider — he has two children — the veteran knows he must consider the long-term effects of concussions before returning to action.
“That’s still more important to me than playing hockey, but again I’m not going to make that decision right now,” Ballard said. “I’m going to let this play out and see how I feel. Hopefully things clear up and I can get back and play.”
Ballard played just 47 games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12 after suffering a serious concussion.
LIGHTNING’S GUDAS GONE
Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Radko Gudas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday, the team announced Monday.
How long Gudas will be out of the lineup will be determined after he has the surgery. He was hurt Dec. 29 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he fell awkwardly into the boards.
The 24-year-old flew to Tampa Sunday prior to the Lightning’s game in Ottawa.
Gudas has two goals and three assists in 31 games with the Lightning. He missed a handful of games earlier in the season with an illness and unrelated lower-body injury.
SHARKS CALL UP HAMILTON
The San Jose Sharks recalled forward Freddie Hamilton from Worcester of the AHL Monday.
Hamilton, 23, leads Worcester with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists). He has played in 11 career NHL games, all with the Sharks during 2013-14, registering 13 shots.
In 172 career games with Worcester, he has posted 90 points (41 goals, 49 assists) and 30 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Toronto was originally drafted by San Jose in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL draft.
The Minnesota Wild sent down forward Tyler Graovac to Iowa of the AHL. Graovac, 21, made his NHL debut on Dec. 29 at Winnipeg and has skated in three games with Minnesota this season ... The Arizona Coyotes called up forward Lucas Lessio from Portland of the AHL on Monday. Lessio, 21, has appeared in three games with the Coyotes this season ... The Columbus Blue Jackets put winger Adam Cracknell on waivers Monday. Cracknell, 29, was claimed off waivers from with the Los Angeles Kings during the preseason and played in 17 games with Columbus ... The Philadelphia Flyers called up forward Ryan White from Lehigh Valley of the AHL then put him on waivers. If White clears waivers, he will likely return to Lehigh Valley, where he had been on a conditioning assignment ... St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price have been named the NHL’s three stars of the week. Oshie, the first star, had five goals and two assists in four games ... The Canadiens put defenceman Bryan Allen on waivers Monday. Allen was acquired for forward Rene Bourque from the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 20.