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Josh Harding | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 202
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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. Aug 29 - 5:58 PM
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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.
Aug 21 - 3:21 PM

Josh Harding is projected to be ready for training camp.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom will be ready to go as well. "Everything's a go with both goalies," Fletcher said referring to Backstrom and Harding. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals." Harding missed the last 40 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of his battle with multiple sclerosis. He was playing very well in 2013-14 before his illness put him on the sidelines. Harding could be sharing the crease with Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper this season.
Aug 15 - 5:52 PM

GM Chuck Fletcher is expecting to see a healthy Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) at training camp in September.

Harding was sensational in 2013 before getting ill again as he was 18-7-3 in 29 games with a scintillating 1.65 GAA and a .933 save percentage. But he did not play at all in 2014 as he became ill once again and his doctors were unable to come up with the right combination of medications to allow him to be healthy enough to return. "Josh's battles have been well-chronicled, and I think he's feeling well at this point in time," Fletcher said. "The goal for him is, much like last summer, is to build up and be able to come to training camp and play well. There's been nothing I've heard to make me believe that's not the case."
Jun 7 - 8:43 AM

Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) is feeling well after being unable to play since December 31.

The hope is that Harding will be available for the start of training camp. Harding had a 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage in 29 games, but unfortunately not clear how much he can be counted on to play in 2014-15.
Jun 6 - 1:57 PM

Josh Harding's health situation adds complications to Minnesota's goaltending.

He didn't play after Dec. 31 because of problems caused by multiple sclerosis, but he stated last month that he has no intention of retiring. Harding has one year left on his current contract, while Darcy Kuemper will be a restricted free agent in July and Ilya Bryzgalov will be unrestricted. The Wild also have Niklas Backstrom locked up for another two seasons, but he has struggled to stay in the lineup as well because of injuries. Who starts for the Wild on opening night next season should be considered a big question mark at this time.

Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) skated in Friday's morning practice.

It is not known if Harding, who has been out since December 31, will be well enough to play in the second round. The Wild are in trouble in net as Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper are all hurt. Ilya Bryzgalov is the starting goalie with John Curry as his backup for now which should not inspire fear in the Chicago Blackhawks.
May 3 - 8:55 AM

Josh Harding practiced with the Wild on Wednesday for the first time since January.

He hopes to be back with his teammates soon if everything goes well. However, he is still listed as day-to-day and it's unclear when or if he'll be available to play before the season is over. He has been sidelined since Dec. 31 because of what is believed to be complications with his multiple sclerosis.
Apr 2 - 6:30 PM

Josh Harding put his pads on and took to the ice again Thursday morning.

He faced some shots and did puck-handling drills with goalie coach Bob Mason after skating for the first time on Tuesday. "It's a great sign that he's feeling much better, and he's focused and motivated to try to get back with us," coach Mike Yeo said. "With that said, we're still a few steps away. It's not like he's a week away from rejoining us here, but it's a good first step." It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
Mar 14 - 10:35 AM

Josh Harding skated on Tuesday for the first time in over a month.

Harding hasn't played since Dec. 31 and has been regarded as being out indefinitely after getting adjustments to his medication for multiple sclerosis. Wild coach Mike Yeo said he doesn't have a plan yet when it comes to Harding's potential return.
Mar 11 - 1:17 PM

Josh Harding is still out indefinitely.

Harding is out indefinitely after getting adjustments to his medication for multiple sclerosis. He hasn't played since Dec. 31 and there's no guarantee that he'll return this season. This is a tragic setback after he posted a 1.66 GAA and .933 save percentage in 29 games.
Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

Nothing has changed regarding the status of Josh Harding.

"We feel for him," coach Mike Yeo said after Harding didn't skate at practice on Wednesday. "We're behind him and we just want to see him get better and get ready to get back with us." A determination on his status for the rest of the season hasn't been made yet, but it's unclear if he'll play again in 2013-14.
Feb 20 - 1:03 PM

Josh Harding did not travel with his teammates on their four-game road which begins Saturday in San Jose.

He is getting adjustments to his medication for multiple sclerosis and is not yet ready to return. Niklas Backstrom will back up Darcy Kuempfer Saturday night against the Sharks and may get a start over the next game or so. Keep Harding on reserve until further notice.
Jan 25 - 2:28 PM

Josh Harding wasn't feeling well again, so he didn't practice Monday.

He has missed nine consecutive games and 13 of the team's past 15 since having his treatment for multiple sclerosis altered. Harding skated at practice all last week, so this setback as to be discouraging for him, the Wild and his fantasy owners.
Jan 20 - 1:33 PM

Josh Harding has practiced for four consecutive days.

He seems to be recovering from an illness that has sidelined him for the past two weeks. It looks as if there is a chance Harding could return to action sometime next week. We will keep you posted as to his status.
Jan 18 - 1:05 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Matt Cooke
3Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
5Stephane Veilleux
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Nate Prosser
7Jonathon Blum
8Christian Folin
G1Niklas Backstrom
2Josh Harding
3Darcy Kuemper