ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have stuck by goaltender Josh Harding as he deals with multiple sclerosis.
Harding might be getting closer to rewarding their patience.
For the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Feb. 12, Harding participated in a full practice with his Minnesota teammates on Wednesday, hopefully a sign that Harding's nearing a return.
"It was exciting being back with the boys," Harding said. "It's a great feeling. I might have chirped a couple too many people while I was out there. They were gunning for me today. But it was all fun and I thought I held my own out there."
Harding, who was diagnosed with MS late last summer, began the season on the Wild's active roster, playing in four games with a 1-1-0 record, 2.92 goals-against average and .885 save percentage. But in February, Harding had to take a step back as he adjusted to a change in medication, leading Minnesota to place him on injured reserve. Rookie goaltenders Matt Hackett and Darcy...