The Wild activated Josh Harding
from Injured Reserve and placed him on waivers. If he clears at 11 a.m. tomorrow, he will be assigned to Iowa.
Chuck Fletcher spoke to Wild.com from Toronto, where he will attend tonight’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony.
“The reality is Josh hasn’t played a game since Dec. 31 of last season,” Fletcher said. “He missed training camp and the first month and a half of season. The most important thing for our organization, and Josh, is to give him the opportunity to regain the form of last season when he played so well for us.”
Fletcher added there’s no financial or cap reasons for the move. Had the Wild assigned him to Iowa for conditioning purposes, he could have stayed only two weeks.
“He can play as many games as he can, and get his game back as quickly if possible,” Fletcher said. “There’s no sense on having an artificial timetable. Two weeks isn’t a long time for a guy who hasn’t played in 11 months. If it takes 2 weeks great, if it takes 5 months… whatever it takes. “
“It’s been a year since he’s played, no training camp this year, it’s tough when you’ve got a couple goalies here to get him enough of a workload in practice,” Head Coach Mike Yeo added. “Carrying three goalies is difficult.”
Erik Haula got a charley horse during the game last night and was given the day off. Yeo said he expects him to practice Wednesday. The Wild is off Tuesday.
Neither Jonas Brodin nor Matt Cooke are currently practicing, although Yeo said he hopes Brodin is ready to join the team “soon.”
There are ebbs and flows in every National Hockey League season, which is why this scribe was advised early on in his career: “Never get too high, never get too low.”
No better epitome of that than the last two-plus weeks of the Wild season. Minnesota followed up four straight losses with three consecutive wins, including just its second win in Dallas since the 2004-05 lockout.
So, don’t expect any Wild players to take comfort in the last three wins.
“There’s always another level,” Parise said. “It wasn’t that long ago that we lost four in a row. That’s the roller coaster of the season. One week, you feel great, and the next the same things don’t work."
“We’d better not be (satisfied),” Yeo said. “Whenever we win hockey games and don’t feel good about it, we are ready to play the next one.”
Meet Darcy Kuemper Tonight…
The Kuemperor? The Milk Man? Mister Darcy? You can ask Darcy Kuemper personally what his favorite nickname is. Meet him for autographs at the Maplewood Mall Hockey Lodge location from 5-6 p.m.
While you’re there, don’t forget to start your Christmas shopping.
El Nino Impact
You can play bubble hockey against Nino Niederreiter from 5-6 p.m. tonight at Willy McCoy’s in Champlin.
Speaking of Niederreiter, his highlight-reel goal Sunday was last night’s No. 1 play in SportsCenter’s Top 10. It also marked the No. 2 play of the weekend, behind only a play from the Wisconsin/Nebraska football game.