The real question now is ... does this put Harding directly on the hot seat to be moved? I would say that if he would've signed a longer-term deal, it would have been more likely. With a one-year deal, it would still be a risk to a team hoping for a rent-a-player. Harding isn't that guy yet. He'd be more likely to be a long-term guy to take over a job rather than a missing part. Now, if he signs an extension in-season, and this was simply to avoid arbitration, then he's likely gone. He's a very tradeable asset, and would be a good piece for a young team.
With Wade Dubielewicz the Wild have someone who can step in and take Harding's backup spot nicely. Matthew Hackett and Darcy Kuemper give the Wild two very strong young goaltenders for the future. I don't see Harding lasting past the trade deadline this year.
Will the Wild trade Josh Harding
Yes, before the season (44 votes)
Yes, in-season (83 votes)
Yes, at the deadline (33 votes)
No (22 votes)
182 total votes