Harding Re-signs with Wild.

Harding staying in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Wild have announced the re-signing of goaltender Josh Harding to a three-year contact extension. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. More details to follow….

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was reported earlier today Harding wished to remain with the Wild, and it appears GM Chuck Fletcher has decided the best option was to stick with a goalie he knows, injury history included, rather than try to land a potential replacement via trade or free agency. Once the financial details are revealed, I’ll post them here. So, what do you think, Wild fans? Good move or not?  When healthy, Harding plays very well, but it’s staying healthy that’s the issue.

**UPDATE** Harding’s new contract is worth $5.7 million, or an average annual cap hit of $1.9 million, up significantly from his $750K salary of this season, and well above the $1.2 million he earned in 2010-11.

6 Comments

  1. Not a Wild fan but I think it’s a decent deal for them considering Backstrom has 1 year remaining, is 34, and Harding might end up as their #1 as soon as next season. Having your starting goalie signed for 1.9M per is good cap management. That said, he’s got some wonky knees so…

  2. Really good deal for the Wild. I think Harding could have received 2.5M/yr on the open market but I guess he likes playing in Minnesota. I wouldn’t doubt him resigning now rather than test the market has something to do with teams like the Lightning trading for goalie help already. Harding saw the number of suitors dwindling. The Wild also have Hackett who is their future #1 and I wouldn’t doubt he would be the back-up in Minnesota after this coming season. Once Hardings three year deal is up it will be Hacketts team similar to the Bruins set-up with Thomas/Rask. Minus the crazy incumbent starter who takes his ball and goes home.

  3. I would have thought he’d at least gun for a starting role somewhere.

  4. Yeah, a little surprised he didn’t test the free agent market to see what other options were out there for him. Great move by Fletcher to lock him up another 3 years at a cap hit just under $2mill. The Wild are in a pretty good situation as far as their goaltenders. Nice to have that out of the way before the draft and free agency.

    Another goalie off the market…and the prices go up.

  5. I agree with everyone, solid and smart move for the Wild. Goalie market was thin and I think Fletcher made the right call putting faith in him on a multi-year deal. Could be a steal if he is healthy.

  6. So Clemmonson, Bernier, Biron, Luongo and Bob ( sorry if I missed some ). What’s the consensus that Luongo is only worth a bag of pucks and a conditional 7th rounder. MG is spankin it like a bouncer watching Roadhouse right now.