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Josh Harding could be someone’s answer in goal

Feb 27, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

Josh Harding AP

While there’s names like Evgeni Nabokov, Nikolai Khabibulin, and Jonathan Bernier floating around as possible goalie trade bait, another name is getting a bit of traction today.

ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that the Minnesota Wild are getting calls on free agent-to-be Josh Harding. The Wild are in a bit of a conundrum, however, as they still need to decide whether they’re going to re-sign him or make a move to deal him away.

Minnesota has an interesting situation in goal as they’ve got high-priced starter Niklas Backstrom slotted away there as well as youngster Matt Hackett in the AHL who could be primed and ready to be a backup at the NHL level right now. It’s a tough but decent spot for GM Chuck Fletcher to be in as Harding could fetch a solid return amongst teams that are in search of goaltending help.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Resign him, then dangle him next year once they figure out what they need after Granlund, Coyle, Phillips, Zucker, and Brodin all make it up.

  2. sknut - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I think you trade him, let Hackett back up the rest of this year and you clear some of the log jam. Backstrom isn’t going anywhere so not sure how much you can afford to pay two goalies, but I guess it all depends on what you get back as well.

  3. miketoasty - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Come to Pittsburgh… Possibly a 2nd or 3rd rounder plus either a prospect or a 3rd or 4th liner and the Pens would sure up their goalie position (at least enough to give Fleury some breaks before the end of the season).

  4. ml3939 - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Was a Flyer pictured with Harding a subliminal message?

  5. chiadam - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    “We don’t need to trade for a goalie to make the playoffs. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look up the words ‘goalie,’ ‘trade,’ and ‘playoffs.’ ”

    – Stan Bowman
    General Manager
    Chicago Blackhawks

  6. lucicfan603 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    He should go to the bluejackets

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