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I'd like to start this one by saying you (the readers) inspire me. As we approach the final few days before the 2012 NHL Entry Draft there is so much focused on the 1st round. There are tons and tons of mock drafts released by all kinds of websites and publications, including the State of Hockey News. Yet the focus is on the 1st round. The 1st round is certainly important, statistically it is any team's best chance to acquire talent likely to succeed in the NHL. Any team that is looked upon as a 'good drafting' team its often not as much about how well it does with its 1st round picks as it does with its selections in later rounds. The Wild are (at least in theory if you think positively) are good example of this. A few seasons ago, its prospect pool was almost devoid of talent. The Wild's future looked pretty grim and with very little homegrown help on the horizon. Then came the draft of 2009, where the Wild selected Mikael Granlund, but arguably just a...
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The Minnesota Wild have locked up the goalie position for at least the next few seasons.
The team announced Tuesday that they have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the contract is worth 5.7 million.
Harding, 28, has spent six seasons with Minnesota, but has never played in more than 34 games in a single season.
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild staff, including general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr, try to projects the first-round of the NHL draft each year to see which prospects might fall to Minnesota.
Most seasons, they can predict fairly accurately. Last year, Chuck Fletcher said he had the top 10 pretty well pegged. This year, with Minnesota holding...
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract.
The deal was done Tuesday. Harding would've been an unrestricted free agent next month.
The 28-year-old Harding has been a backup throughout his NHL career, but primary goalie Niklas Backstrom is about to begin the last year of his contract and he will turn 35 next February.
Harding tore the anterior...
When the Minnesota Wild led the NHL at the 30-game mark last season, before they collapsed and missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year, good goaltending was a big reason.
Not just Niklas Backstrom, but Josh Harding, too.
So they wanted to bring both of them back. The Wild re-signed Harding on Tuesday to a three-year, $5.7 million contract, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted...
Here's the press release from the Wild:
MINNESOTA WILD ANNOUNCES 2012-13 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. â The National Hockey Leagueâs (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced its 2012-13 preseason schedule will consist of seven games, including four road contests and three home games at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild will play a home-and-home...
The Minnesota Wild locked up 28 year-old goaltender Josh Harding for the next three years, a deal worth $5.7 million over that stretch. The contract is a raise for Harding, whose previous deal paid him $750 thousand last season. The contract sets the Wild up for the future after starter Nicklas Backstrom, age 34, becomes a free agent, scheduled for the summer of 2013.
Here's the press release:
MINNESOTA WILD RE-SIGNS G JOSH HARDING TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. â Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Josh Harding to a three-year contract.
Harding, 28 (6/18/84), went 13-12-4 with a 2.62 GAA (goals against average...
Professional sports isn't always known for having a lot of nice guys. For athletes who are placed on such a high pedestal by our society, they could almost be forgiven for thinking a little highly of themselves. There are numerous examples where a great athlete turns out to be a bit of a jerk. Some of it may be by their arrogance, or their infallibility, by the actions...
The song has barely begun, but already the music is ready to end. And the teams scrambling for a solution to their struggles in goal could soon find themselves on the losing end of this high-stakes game of musical chairs. The free agency period doesn't begin until July 1, but another potential target was taken off the market on Tuesday. Minnesota goalie Josh Harding was re-signed...
On Friday, after many speculations the Predators General Manager David Poile announced that defenseman Ryan Suter would likely be testing the free agency market. Suter becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
It is a rare and interesting occasion when an all-star player such as Suter has an opportunity to really choose exactly where they want to go. In all honesty, every team...
Another potential goaltending option for the Toronto Maple Leafs has gone by the wayside, as soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Josh Harding signed a three-year, $5.7 Million contract with the Minnesota Wild this morning.
The 28-year-old Harding has spent his entire career with Minnesota as primarily a backup and the deal he signed is in the same ballpark as the contract signed...
via Michael Russo tweet, Source: Josh Harding signs a three-year, $5.7 million deal with #mnwild ($1.9 AAV)