From the Star Tribune, which reports that Wild goalie Josh Harding left Saturday’s game with AHL Iowa after two periods due to a serious case of dehydration:
It was so serious, he was taken to the hospital and remained hospitalized until he was released late Sunday. Multiple sources say this is related to his multiple sclerosis. Harding is listed day-to-day with dehydration, but this will likely be one of those indefinite day-to-day’s. It’s very unlikely he will play another game for Iowa until this is figured out.
Iowa has recalled Johan Gustafsson from ECHL Alaska to back up John Curry tonight in Charlotte and the Wild was making arrangements on getting Harding back to Minnesota.
Harding cleared waivers and was assigned to Iowa last month. The 30-year-old has not played an NHL game this season, after reportedly kicking a wall and suffering an injury in September.
He is a pending unrestricted free agent.
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Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom hasn’t been on the sidelines yet this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s 100 percent. He underwent core muscle surgery in March and sports hernia surgery in May 2013, which has significantly hindered his career. Even now, he’s still is involved in a daily rehabilitation process that will likely continue until at least the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but at the same time he’s made a lot of progress since the start of training camp.
“It’s a lot of work,” Backstrom told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “But when you miss a lot of hockey, you realize how much you love it and how much you miss just being with the guys. So if it’s going to give me a chance to be here, I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”
Before the 36-year-old goaltender ran into injury problems, he had a firm hold on the Minnesota Wild’s starting gig. However, he was outplayed by Josh Harding early last season and Darcy Kuemper got off to a similarly hot start in 2014-15 to once again marginalize Backstrom. Kuemper hasn’t been as effective lately though and Backstrom has a 1.97 GAA and .917 save percentage in nine contests. The stage seems to be set for Backstrom to make a serious challenge for his old job.
“He looks really good right now,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “We haven’t determined our starting goalie (for Tuesday), but the way he’s played lately gives him a very good chance to get in the net.”
Minnesota will be looking to end its four-game homestand on a high note when they face the New York Islanders Tuesday night.
If everything had gone according to the Minnesota Wild’s original plan, Josh Harding would have likely started in their season opener against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 9. Instead he broke his right foot while reportedly kicking a wall. He was suspended by Minnesota for his non-hockey injury.
With Darcy Kuemper off to a strong start and Niklas Backstrom ineligible to be sent to the minors due to his no-movement clause, Minnesota waived Harding on Nov. 18. So instead of facing the Avalanche in October, Harding made his season debut Sunday against the AHL San Antonio Rampage.
The Rampage seemed determined to help Harding make up for lost time by giving him as much work as possible. Harding faced 54 shots and another three in a shootout as the Rampage went on to secure a 5-4 victory.
In addition to it being his first start of the season, it was also Harding’s first professional contest since Dec. 31, 2013. His 2013-14 campaign was cut short due to complications with his treatment for multiple sclerosis.
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