The Minnesota Wild have signed goaltender Josh Harding to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Russo reports the contract will pay Harding $1.1 million next season.
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.
#29 / Goalie / Minnesota Wild
Jun 18, 1984