Monday, June 9, 2014

2013-14 Season In Review: Josh Harding

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Josh Harding was playing as good as any goalie in hockey through December. Sadly, we never saw him after the calendar flipped to 2014.


Minnesota (NHL): Regular Season-29 GP, 18-7-3, 1.65 GAA, .933 SV %, 3 SO


For the first three months of the season, Josh Harding was having a fairytale season. His 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage were leading the NHL, and he had assumed the role of number one goaltender on the Wild roster. But, the nature of Hardings battle with MS has been unpredictable, and took him away from the team following the end of December. Harding never made it back out on to the ice this year, as he continued to battle his illness. He was practicing with the team in the last month, but according to coaches, he was never really close to returning. It was a sad end to a great season for Harding, who was having a Vezina type year.


Status for 2014-15

Harding is in the final year of his three year, $5.7 million contract signed in the summer of 2012. That will count for $1.9 million against the Wild cap. Should Harding be ready to go in training camp, he could very well be the Wild starting goaltender on opening night. But again, that could change in an instant. Lets all hope we see him in the net next year.

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