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37 Josh Harding G
Height/Weight: 6-2/194 | Birthdate: 6/18/1984 | Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Team: Minnesota Wild | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/1
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5/11/2015

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Expected To Retire

News: Josh Harding (illness) is expected to retire when his contract with the Wild expires this summer, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I wouldn't walk to speak for him, but he has bigger issues than just hockey," GM Chuck Fletcher said Monday.
Analysis: Fletcher is more than likely alluding to Josh Harding's much-publicized battle with multiple sclerosis, a disease for which he suffered another setback during a game with AHL Iowa in December. The 30-year-old Harding entered the recently-completed season with some promise after posting an 18-7-3 record, 1.65 GAA, and .933 save percentage over 29 starts with the Wild in 2013-14, but an off-ice injury suffered during a fight with a teammate in training camp squandered his chances of winning a spot with the NHL club. Given the multiple setbacks Harding has suffered with MS the last few years, few teams will be interested in pursuing him when he becomes a free agent this summer, which may effectively force him into retirement regardless of his personal decision.

12/18/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

No Timetable For Harding's Return From MS Setback

News: Josh Harding has yet to return to practice with Iowa teammates since being hospitalized for dehydration after playing two periods for AHL Iowa on Dec. 6, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The dehydration episode was related to his multiple sclerosis.
Analysis: There's no timetable for his return and it sounds like this could be a significant setback to his multiple sclerosis issues.

12/8/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Has Multiple Sclerosis Setback

News: Josh Harding left Saturday's game for AHL Iowa after two periods due to dehydration and is likely out indefinitely as it's related to his multiple sclerosis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding was hospitalized until Sunday, so this sounds like a significant setback to his multiple sclerosis.

12/6/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Set For More AHL Starts

News: Josh Harding is expected to play at Charlotte for AHL Iowa on Saturday and Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding stopped 50 of 54 shots in a 5-4 shootout loss last Sunday at San Antonio in his first minor league start. It looks like he's set for another week or so of minor league starts before he's an option for the NHL Wild.

11/28/2014

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Josh Harding

Harding To Start Sunday For AHL Iowa

News: Josh Harding is expected to make his first start for AHL Iowa Sunday at San Antonio, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding hasn't played yet this season due to a suspension and broken foot. He'll likely need a week or two of starts at Iowa before the Wild decide whether to keep him in the minors. It's possible after he cleared waivers he may stay in the minors for some time.

11/18/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Not Planning To Report To AHL Team

News: Josh Harding was assigned to AHL Iowa after clearing waivers Tuesday, but he does not plan to report, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Wild still own Josh Harding's rights after he passed thorough waivers without being claimed, but it does not seem he is thrilled about playing in the AHL. Harding's next step is uncertain at some point, but he and the Wild will need to find some sort of resolution before he plays again.

11/18/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Clears Waivers

News: Josh Harding cleared waivers Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding posted a sparkling 1.66 GAA last season, but having started just 29 games over the last two seasons and coming off a team-imposed suspension, no other team was willing to take a chance on him. He will report to AHL Iowa and figures to see plenty of action there.

11/17/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Activated, Waived

News: The Wild activated Josh Harding (foot) from IR on Monday and placed him on waivers.
Analysis: Josh Harding was placed on suspension following an offseason altercation with a teammate, but he's still working his way back from a foot injury sustained in the skirmish. Unless another team opts to take a chance on Harding, who has missed significant time in each of the past two seasons while undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis, he'll report to AHL Iowa after clearing waivers to get some game experience.

11/10/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Nearing Return

News: Josh Harding (foot) is getting close to returning, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding skated on his own Monday morning, and should be nearing a return. When he gets back, he'll likely be relegated to a backup role behind Darcy Kuemper, who has played well this season.

11/1/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Starts Taking Shots

News: Josh Harding (broken foot) has started taking shots before practices, but the Wild don't have a timetable for his return, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It's almost like he's just starting his summer routine, so how much time does he need to get his conditioning, to get his wind, to get his strength back and to get his movements back and how will the foot impact that?" GM Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "So there's still lots of questions."
Analysis: Josh Harding broke his right foot in September from kicking a wall after an off-ice altercation with a teammate and was later suspended by the team. He'll likely need a minor league rehab assignment before he's ready to return. It was originally thought he wouldn't return until late November or December.

9/18/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Suspended For Off-Ice Injury

News: Josh Harding (broken foot) has been suspended by the Wild since he suffered a broken right foot while kicking a wall after an off-ice altercation with a teammate, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: He won't be paid a prorated portion of his $2.1 million salary and he won't count against the Wild's salary cap while suspended. Josh Harding is expected to miss at least two to three months with the broken foot and it's assumed his suspension will end when healthy.

9/18/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding (Foot) Out 2-3 Months

News: Josh Harding broke his right foot while kicking a wall after an off-ice altercation with a teammate and is expected to miss at least two or three months, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Star Tribune also suggests it's possible the Wild could suspend Josh Harding for his accident. The Wild suspended forward James Sheppard for an off-ice ATV accident in 2012 that resulted in a season-ending knee injury. Even without the injury, Harding's battles with multiple sclerosis have limited him to just 34 regular season games the past two years, and now combined with the ankle injury, mean he can't be counted on to play many games in the 2014-15 season.

9/17/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Ruled Out Indefinitely

News: Josh Harding has been ruled out indefinitely with a fractured right foot sustained in an off-ice incident Sept. 14.
Analysis: Josh Harding will fortunately be able to avoid surgery on the foot, but the injury more than likely dashes his chances of playing in the Wild's season opener. More details surrounding the nature of Harding's injury should become available in the coming days, but expect his stock to fall considerably in drafts as the season approaches. Harding already came with plenty of built-in health risk due to his complications with multiple sclerosis that have prematurely ended each of his last two seasons, so the injury only further damages his standing. Look for either Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper or perhaps a currently unsigned goalie to compete for No. 1 duties in training camp.

9/17/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild GM On Harding's Injury: "Not Short Term"

News: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher categorized the foot and ankle injury that Josh Harding sustained earlier this week as "not short term," Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The Wild are only ruling Josh Harding out for the start of the team's training camp for now, but it seems a likely bet that he won't be available for the team's Oct. 9 regular-season opener against the Avalanche. The injury puts the Wild in a bit of a bind, as Niklas Backstrom will enter camp as the team's only NHL-ready goalie, with Darcy Kuemper continuing to negotiate a new contract with the Wild. Once healthy, Harding figures to factor into the mix for No. 1 duties, but the missed action during training camp may prove damaging to his chances.

9/16/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Succumbs To Ankle Injury

News: Josh Harding has been sidelined by an ankle injury, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding was set to enter training camp at full health after missing the second half of last season due to a change in his medication for multiple sclerosis, but it appears the snake-bitten goalie has been dealt another setback. The team won't have an update on Harding's expected timetable until he visits with the team's orthopedic surgeon Wednesday, but it's generally believed that he will miss the beginning of training camp, if not longer. Harding was in the midst of a sensational season prior to succumbing to another complication from MS last December, and was thought to be a frontrunner to claim the No. 1 goalie job in camp. If he ends up missing the start of the regular season, either Darcy Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom would be called upon to assume starting duties.

8/19/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Cleared For Training Camp

News: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Josh Harding is "a go" for training camp, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season are feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals."
Analysis: With an 18-7-3 record, 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage, Josh Harding was playing as well as any goal in hockey before a setback in his treatment for multiple sclerosis sidelined him after the end of December. Because he's missed large chunks of both of the last two seasons while dealing with the effects of the illness, fantasy players shouldn't look to invest heavily in Harding. Even if healthy, he's no lock to open the season as the regular starter in goal for the Wild with Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper still around.

6/7/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Expected To Be Ready For Camp

News: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher expects Josh Harding to be healthy and ready for training camp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Josh's battles (with multiple sclerosis) 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."
Analysis: It looks like the Wild will go into camp with three goalies and an open competition for the starting job between Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper. Harding didn't play after Dec. 31 due to a setback with his illness and it's not clear what kind of role he'll have in 2014-15.

5/2/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Returns To Practice

News: Josh Harding (illness) practiced with the Wild on Friday, but head coach Mike Yeo said it was an "extreme long shot" he would play in the upcoming playoff series against Chicago, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: With Darcy Kuemper out with an upper-body injury, the Wild will turn to Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 1 against Chicago. Josh Harding's return to practice could indicate he may return at some point in the playoffs, but it's hard to put any timetable on his return from a setback to his multiple sclerosis.

4/2/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Joins Team For Practice

News: Josh Harding (illness) joined the team Wednesday for his first practice since January, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Though the Wild's goalie situation remains in shambles at the moment, there's been no indication from the organization that it expects Josh Harding to return this season. While Harding's return to practice is certainly nice to see, fantasy owners shouldn't count on him to appear in games this season until the team suggests otherwise. Even if cleared to resume playing, Harding would almost certainly need a rehab assignment at AHL Iowa before rejoining the Wild, given his three-month absence.

3/12/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding (Illness) Unlikely To Make Return

News: Although Josh Harding (illness) was able to skate on Tuesday, his return this season remains unlikely, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding has been dealing with the recurring effects of multiple sclerosis, and remains a without any outline of a rehab plan. Darcy Kuemper and Ilya Bryzgalov will likely handle goalie duties for the Wild from here on out.

3/12/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Resumes Skating Tuesday

News: Josh Harding (illness) was back skating Tuesday, marking his first appearance on the ice since January, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: After being ruled out indefinitely due to recurring effects of multiple sclerosis following his Dec. 31 start, Josh Harding indicated he's felt much better recently. Coach Mike Yeo said the team didn't have a plan or practice schedule arranged for Harding as of yet, but it doesn't appear as though the Wild are completely closing the door on him returning this season. Even if Harding continues to improve by the day, the Wild will likely take things slowly with his recovery just to be cautious.

2/18/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Remains Sidelined

News: Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) will not return to practice when the Wild's non-Olympian players begin practicing again Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Wild say they are hopeful Josh Harding can return this season, but there's no timetable for him to return to practice. The Wild also signed John Curry to a two-way contract as another backup option to call up, which could indicate they're less optimistic Harding will be back with the team any time soon. The Wild have given few details about Harding's health as they haven't even officially confirmed he's had a setback to his multiple sclerosis. He hasn't played since Dec. 31.

2/8/2014

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Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Still Weeks Away From Returning

News: The Wild are hopeful Josh Harding can return this season despite a setback to his multiple sclerosis, but it may not be after the Olympic break. "We're hoping in the next couple weeks he feels better and we get to the point where he can return to practice with the team. That's his goal and our goal," GM Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Analysis: The Wild have given few details about Josh Harding's setback as they haven't even officially confirmed he's had a setback to his multiple sclerosis. He missed almost the entire regular season last year in trying to find the right combination of medication to treat the illness, although he did return for the playoffs. As a result, forecasting any return date will be difficult given the unpredictable nature of MS. However, it sounds like the Wild expect him to still be out at least multiple weeks or more.

1/25/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Wild's Harding Doesn't Travel With Wild

News: Josh Harding did not join the Wild on the team's current four-game road trip because he's making changes in his treatment for multiple sclerosis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Wild had been quiet on the nature if Josh Harding's illness, but now it's clear he's had a setback with his multiple sclerosis treatment. He missed almost the entire regular season last year in trying to find the right combination of medication to treat the illness, although he did return for the playoffs. As a result, forecasting any return date will be difficult given the unpredictable nature of MS.

1/22/2014

Josh Harding, G, MIN

Josh Harding

Post-Olympic Return Likely For Wild's Harding

News: Although coach Mike Yeo hasn't provided an update on Josh Harding's (illness) status, the belief is that the goalie won't be able to return until after the NHL breaks for the Winter Olympics, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Josh Harding has not been practicing the last couple of days after hitting a hiccup in his recovery from an adjustment to his treatment for multiple sclerosis. While an official timetable for his return has not been announced, it sounds like Harding will require some extended time off as the team looks to ensure everything is good on the health front. The illness has forced Harding to miss extensive chunks of each of the past two campaigns, but it's been especially troubling during a season in which he's posted a 18-7-3 record, 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage.