Great news coming out of the State of Hockey this morning.
The Minnesota Wild has assigned goaltender Josh Harding
to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
The 28-year-old went 1-1-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average (GAA), a .885 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in four games with Minnesota this season before being placed on Injured Reserved Feb. 12, as he received treatment for multiple sclerosis.The netminder was diagnosed with MS last fall. He's been feeling great lately and was practicing with the team in Minnesota before its current road trip.
Harding stopped all 24 shots faced in his first start this season in a 1-0 victory against the Dallas Starts on Jan. 20. Harding last appeared in a game for the Wild on Feb. 7 against the Vancouver Canucks. Houston completes the AHL regular season with three games this weekend playing at Texas (Fri.), at San Antonio (Sat.) and at Oklahoma City (Sun.).
He went 13-12-4 with a 2.62 GAA, a .917 SV% and two shutouts in 34 appearances (30 starts) in 2011-12 after missing the 2010-11 season with a knee injury suffered Sept. 24, 2010, at St. Louis. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound native of Regina, Sask, has appeared in 121 games (98 starts) with Minnesota in parts of seven NHL seasons, going 42-52-8 with a 2.65 GAA, a .915 SV% and seven shutouts. Harding was selected by the Wild in the second-round (No. 38 overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.