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Report: Wild ink Harding as backup goalie

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Josh Harding missed the 2010-11 season with a major knee injury, but the Minnesota Wild weren't ready to give up on the goalie.

According to TSN and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Wild have re-signed Harding to a one-year, one-way contract worth $750,000. Harding, who turned 27 last month, served as Niklas Backstrom's full-time backup from 2007-10 before suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during a preseason game last September.

The Wild instead signed Jose Theodore to be Backstrom's backup last season, but Theodore is expected to set to hit the market Friday while Harding now doesn't have to worry about that.

Harding is 28-39-8 with a 2.66 goals-against average and .915 save percentage during 83 NHL games. He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he's been granted a clean bill of health.

"I've had no setbacks with the knee ever since I started skating with a couple months left in the (season)," Harding said. "I've had no trouble with it. I feel strong with it. I've had no restrictions. I have no hesitation going down (into the butterfly)."
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