Will Josh Harding Get Another Chance in the NHL After Being Placed on Waivers?

November 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

It hasn’t been a good calendar year for Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding.

Entering 2014, no goaltender in the NHL was hotter than Harding. After a lengthy absence as he adapted to the medication he was taking to combat multiple sclerosis, Harding was thrown into the fire in the spring of 2013, taking over as Minnesota’s playoff starter against the Chicago Blackhawks after an injury to No. 1 goalie Niklas Backstrom.

He performed pretty well, earning praise from his opponents, but he was capable of more.

Harding took over the starting job on merit in the early part of 2013-14, going 18-7-3 over 29 games and posting a league-leading 0.933 save percentage. Despite his MS diagnosis, it appeared the 30-year-old was primed to play a significant role in the majors for the foreseeable future.

Then it all stopped.

Harding played his last game of the season on December 31, after which he was sidelined by complications relating to his MS. The Wild ended up rotating through a series of goaltenders as the season went on while Harding watched from the sidelines, eventually seeing his te ...

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