Found June 02, 2012 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding already seemed likely to hit the marketplace as an unrestricted free agent this summer.But that possibility became a certainty when his team signed Swedish goaltender Johan Gustafsson, a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft, to a standard entry-level contract.Gustafsson joins Houston Aeros goaltenders Matt Hackett and Darcy Kuemper in the competition to back up Nicklas Backstrom in goal. And with Backstrom entering the final year of his contract, positioning three elite prospect behind him gives the franchise some long-term options in goal.Gustafsson, 20, helped Sweden to a gold medal in the World Junior Championship in January. He also posted great ratios for Lulea HF in the Swedish Elite League – a .929 save percentage and 1.74 goals-against average in 29 games.Harding was 13-12-4 for the Wild last season with a 2.62 GAA and a .917 save percentage. That represented a solid bounce-back major knee surgery and his dismal, injury-plagued 2009-10 se...
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