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Wild think Harding will be fine for start of training camp

Jun 8, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) cools down with a splash of water during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) AP

For the first half of the 2013-14 campaign, Josh Harding was one of the best stories in the league. The long-time Minnesota Wild backup goaltender broke out with a 18-7-3 record, 1.65 GAA, and .933 save percentage in 29 games.

He didn’t play after Dec. 31 due to symptoms related to his multiple sclerosis, but Wild GM Chuck Fletcher thinks Harding will be ready for the start of training camp, per NHL.com.

“I think his battles are well chronicled and well known. I think he’s feeling well at this point in time,” Fletcher said. “The goal for him is, much like last summer, to build up and get to a point where he’ll be able to come into training camp and play well. There’s been nothing that I’ve heard of to lead me to not believe that to be the case.”

Goaltenders Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) and Darcy Kuemper (concussion) should also be ready for training camp.

After being hit hard by goaltending injuries during the 2013-14 campaign, Fletcher previously suggested that there’s “a realistic chance” that they’ll “need to have three goaltenders next year.”

  1. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    What are the wild gonna do if all 3 are healthy. .. can’t carry 3 goalies.. does this mean one of them is getting traded??

    • illogic87 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      You can carry 3 goalies, you dont want to though.

  2. djshnooks - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    I’d think one gets traded, or Kuemper starts the year down in the AHL.

    But I’m also not sold these will be the goalies they go into the season with.

    If Vanek goes there, I can absolutely seeing Miller take a paycut to join him and Pominville, two of his best friends…who he undoubtedly would like to win a cup with.

    • thomasvanek - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Just because you are the same team with someone does not mean that you are best friends with them. I don’t really recall anything that made me think that Miller, Pommers, and Vanek were all best buds. Miller will most likely got to San Jose.

      • purpleguy - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Pommer and Vanek were/are very good friends — not sure about Miller though.

      • skr213 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Miller will not be in San Jose.

    • illogic87 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Kuemper is a RFA and will demand an NHL only contract. No way Miller is coming here. Why would you think he would? Did you even read the article. What a stupid comment.

      • getadealdonealready - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        I’d take out the stupid comment part, but illogic is correct. Kemps is RFA and will get a 1 way deal, meaning he isn’t going down to Iowa.

        It’s not Hardings health at training camp I’m worried about, it’s his health come playoff time. The window to win is now, and you can’t enter the playoffs with a goalie carousel again this year.

  3. strictlythedanks - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Lets hope so, would love to see Hards back at it

  4. hockeyornothing - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Maybe Miller played himself out of a spot for a bit? Great news for Harding!

  5. rebekah319 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    We ) the team) said the same thing last year with Harding he was good for a while then bad things started to happen. I honestly hope Harding ends up getting to play this upcoming season and does not have any setbacks its so hard to predict but I hope for the best!

  6. purpleguy - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Hards is a great story, but the likelihood of him playing a full season is remote. It may sound harsh, but can an NHL team really pin its hopes and rely upon a goalie that is unlikely to last the year?

    • skr213 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      and you got your MD where?

      • purpleguy - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Actually, the U of M smart guy. Even with a HS education, simply based on the past 3 years, it would be easy to figure out that Harding won’t last through the year. Moreover, his ailment gets progressively worse each year, exacerbated by stress. It sucks big time and is unfair, but that’s the sad story.

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