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‘This is not a major situation,’ says Wild GM after Harding put on IR

Dec 19, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

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Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher tried to assure the public after news goalie Josh Harding was placed on injured reserve earlier Wednesday.

The Wild, as reported earlier in the day, put goalie Harding on IR so he can make an adjustment to his treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

“This is not a major situation at all,” Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“This didn’t come out of the blue. I’ve been talking to Josh for awhile about this. He needs to make an adjustment in his protocols and now is a good time to do it. He feels good. He played well last night, but it’s just something that has to be taken care of.”

Harding’s play this season has been nothing short of sensational, and it seems he is being brought up more and more amongst fans and the media as someone who should at least be in consideration for Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team.

It still appears, however, that despite his brilliance so far, he’s a very long shot to make the team.

Through 27 games, he’s produced a record of 18-5-3, with a .939 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average.

“Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” Fletcher said in a statement Wednesday. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”

  1. clarke16 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    It better not be. From my seat at The X last night the Wild were outshot, outhit, outskated and outhustled. The ONLY way they came out of this with any points, let alone a pair, is Josh Harding.

    • guitarhunterdude - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      They were pretty lax toward the middle of the game, but owned the third period and overtime IMO. All in all, it was a pretty even match.

  2. 950003cups - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    I’m a huge Harding fan. I would love nothing more than to see him win a cup and Conn Smythe. Such an opposite from his counterpart Backstroke who pretends to be hurt and backs out of any time there’s pressure on a game.

  3. luvmnsports2012 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    @clark16….I don’t know what seat u sat in but the Wild were not outshot, 31-32 Wild, the Wild also had more hits14-13, and the Wild also won more face offs, 32-30! So in what way were they dominated! Not taking anything away from the BRILLIANT Harding, just proving a point. GO WILD!!!

    • clarke16 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      It’s possible they closed the gap in the 3rd and overtime on the stat sheet…but my point remains–throughout most of that game the Wild were outplayed and it was only Josh Harding that was the difference. Switch goalies and the Wild lose in regulation 4-1.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Wonder if there is such a thing as an “honorable” inclusion to Team Canada, where they anounce tht they’d REALLY like to have him but for his sake, they think it’s best to give him an extended break?

  5. billsin20xx - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I have MS too and am really rooting for him, but if they switched his meds that means he is having MS problems, you don’t switch (especially in the middle of a season) for no reason. It’s a terrible disease physically, I really hope he can pull through this but……

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