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Wild goalies might not enter season feeling 100 percent

Sep 28, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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The early word indicates that both situations might not be that big of a deal, but both Minnesota Wild goalies Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding don’t seem like they’re at full strength as of Saturday.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Backstrom, 35, was held out of Minnesota’s Friday preseason game against the St. Louis Blues with soreness while Harding, 29, felt sick late in that game.

The good news is that head coach Mike Yeo said there’s “nothing remotely wrong” with Backstrom, who re-signed with the team this offseason.

Things are murkier for Harding, as Yeo simply stated that he hopes Harding is merely under the weather rather than suffering the effects of multiple sclerosis.

Again, as of this moment, it doesn’t sound like an absolutely dire situation. Still, it doesn’t seem like the ideal outlook heading into the beginning of a new season, either.

  1. lordfletcher - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    not worried about the Wilds goaltending situation as much as I am about our scoring ability.

    This organization needs to learn how to win games 4-1, not 2-1 in OT.

    Overall I would say this team has improved over last year but that’s only if the youth matures and Coyle really becomes a solid #2C (Love Coyle). The defense can’t be as bad as they were previously, and include the new additions. I like their chances to battle for a playoff spot and then anything can happen.

  2. haassauce21 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    This Harding situation is going to be on going. Feel bad for the guy but you can’t play if you’re not 100%.

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