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Josh Harding | Goalie | #37

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 194
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (38) / MIN
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Josh Harding is expected to announce his retirement this summer.
Harding was limited to just two AHL games in 2014-15 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Wild are unlikely to offer him a one-way contract given their goaltending situation. "I wouldn't want to speak for him, but he has bigger issues than just hockey," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. Harding has a 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage in 151 career NHL games. Tue, May 12, 2015 10:39:00 AM

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Josh Harding left last Saturday's AHL game for Iowa after two periods due to dehydration.

He was taken to the hospital and was released Sunday. Harding is listed day-to-day with dehydration, but he could be out for a while because the issue is believed to be related to his battle with multiple sclerosis.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Josh Harding will make his 2014 Iowa debut Sunday night.

He will play for the first time since breaking his right foot in the offseason. We expect Harding to have a prolonged conditioning stint in the AHL before any moves are made with respect to the Minnesota goaltending situation.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 01:14:00 PM

Josh Harding has successfully cleared waivers.

There was a chance that someone would pick up Harding's $1.9 million annual cap hit after he posted a 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage in 29 games last season, but it didn't happen. Harding, who missed the start of the season due to a broken foot, will head to AHL Iowa.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:14:00 PM

Josh Harding was placed on waivers Monday and if he clears then he'll head to AHL Iowa.

"The reality is Josh hasn't played in a game since Dec. 31. He missed training camp and the first month-and-a-half of the season, and that's a lot of time for any player to miss," said GM Chuck Fletcher. "Our main goal now is to help him successfully regain his form of last season, and assuming he clears waivers, we felt this move would best help facilitate that." If he gets picked up by another club then he's healthy after being medically cleared to return from a broken foot.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Josh Harding, who has been recovering from a broken foot, has been put on waivers.

Harding was suspended because his injury wasn't hockey-related. Darcy Kuemper has excelled during Harding's absence, so it looks like Minnesota is interested in sticking with Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom as the team's two goaltenders. It's an unfortunate situation after Harding played remarkably in the first half of the 2013-14 campaign, but was shut down due to issues related to his multiple sclerosis. He comes with a $1.9 million annual cap hit until he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and it wouldn't shock us if he got claimed.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Josh Harding (foot) took part in his first practice on Monday.

"It was great seeing all the guys again and getting that competition back," Harding said. "Just challenging yourself to stop every shot, just going out there and doing your job. This was another step. Whatever I can do to help this team out, that's the next step." He will travel with the team to New Jersey, but he won't suit up in Tuesday's game. It's unclear when he'll be available to return at this time from the broken foot he sustained in September.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Josh Harding has been facing some shots before Wild practices.

He is getting closer to a return from a broken foot sustained in an off-ice incident that led to a team suspension. Harding had been working out off-ice for a few weeks before this week but he actually strapped on the pads the past few days. It is not known when Harding will be able to practice as the team is trying to determine his tolerance to wearing skates. Once he has a number of full practices under his belt we anticipate Harding will be assisgned to the AHL for a lengthy conditioning stint as he has not played in an NHL game since last December.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 01:10:00 PM

Bob McKenzie reported Thursday night that Josh Harding has been suspended by the Minnesota Wild because his fractured ankle was not a hockey-related injury.

As long as Harding is injured, he will not be paid by the Wild and his contract does not count against Minnesota's salary cap. We will keep you posted with any other developments on the Wild's hectic crease situation, which also saw Darcy Kuemper re-signed to a two-year deal and Ilya Bryzgalov invited to training camp on a pro tryout.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Josh Harding is projected to miss a minimum of two-to-three months because of a fractured foot.

Harding apparently suffered the ailment in an off-ice altercation with a teammate. This could lead to a suspension if the Wild decide to go down that route. Harding's injury puts the team in a tough position. Ilya Bryzgalov was invited to camp on a tryout basis, as a result, and the club is still trying to negotiate with young netminder Darcy Kuemper.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Minnesota has announced that Josh Harding has a fractured right foot.

He will be sidelined indefinitely due to the ailment. After receiving some encouraging news last month that Harding would be ready for training camp, he was injured in an off-ice activity. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported earlier that Harding could be out for months.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 05:27:00 PM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Josh Harding's ankle injury is "significant."

The ailment he sustained off the ice is expected to keep him sidelined for months rather than weeks. McKenzie reports that Harding is already on crutches and sporting a walking boot.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding surprised everyone Tuesday when it was revealed he was dealing with an ankle injury.

Details around the severity of the ailment or even how it occurred have not been revealed, but if Harding is sidelined for an extended period it could definitely muddy the Minnesota goaltending situation. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is hoping to remain healthy after last year's injury-filled campaign while Darcy Kuemper has hinted at a potential move to the KHL as part of a testy contract negotiation so the added question makes surrounding Harding are troubling. More information will be passed along as it becomes available.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Wild coach Mike Yeo said Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper have a chance to win the No. 1 job.

"I have to say we're kind of open right now, to be honest with you," Yeo told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. "We're going to have some scrimmages ... but we're going to have to pretty quickly determine who we want to give a greater workload to after that. That's going to be a good challenge." Harding may have the inside track on the position because of his success in 2013-14 before he was forced to the sidelines due to his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis. Kuemper performed well in his absence and Backstrom is looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued campaign. Training camp will be interesting in the Minnesota crease.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 03:21:00 PM

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