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Josh Harding likely done for season with hip injury

Mar 30, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

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Harding.jpgJosh Harding could be done for the season, depending on what
yesterday’s MRI tests reveal about his injured hip. From
Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:

Asked if he wishes he shut himself down sooner, Harding said: “Not in
this game. Whenever you get the opportunity, especially being a backup
goalie, you take advantage of that. It doesn’t matter what you feel
like.”

At this point, nearly all significant injuries will have the “out for season” tag attached. There’s only two weeks left.

He’ll most likely need to have surgery on his injured hip, which will
make what happens with him this summer very interesting.

The Wild have Niklas Backstrom under contract for three more seasons
(at $6 million a year), and Harding is going to be a RFA this summer.
He’ll be the topic of trade discussions, but questions about his health
could affect what the Wild decide to do with the promising young
goalkeeper.

It’s tough to judge how effective Harding would be as a full time
starter; his numbers are fairly pedestrian this season in 25 games (3.05
GAA, .905 save percentage). If I were the Wild, I’d much rather pay a
goaltender $1.3 million a year to allow three goals per game than shell
out $6 million. But that’s the boat Minnesota has put itself in.

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