Fellow forward Owen Nolan was activated from IR on Saturday before the Wild faced Columbus. Nolan, who missed the previous three games because of a leg injury, scored a goal and assisted on another in Minnesota's 2-1 win.
Players on injured reserve don't count against the active roster limit of 23 and must remain on the list for seven days. Moves are made retroactively, though, so because Gaborik has not played since Oct. 14, he could come off IR at any time.
Gaborik has battled a variety of ailments to leg muscles throughout his career in Minnesota. He's in the final year of his contract, and negotiations are at an impasse.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.