Wild's Harding could be headed to AHL for conditioning stint

If all goes according to plan, Josh Harding could be suiting up for games with the Houston Aeros next weekend.

hide

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding

Photo: Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

If all goes according to plan, Josh Harding could be suiting up for games with the Houston Aeros next weekend.

The Wild goaltender rejoined his teammates for practice Wednesday for the first time in two months. He looked amazingly good for somebody who hadn’t taken consistent shots from NHL players since Feb. 11.

“I felt quick,” Harding said. “I thought I was making the saves I should have made. Each day’s a new step, but I’m definitely happy on how today went. I felt like my old self, which is good to feel like.”

Harding has been sidelined since his body responded poorly to new medication needed to treat multiple sclerosis.

“We think we got it all dialed in and we’re excited for the future,” Harding said.

The Wild wants to monitor how Harding’s groins and hips handle the workload the next week, but Harding isn’t worried and said, “I don’t think it can take too, too long” to get back into game mode. To get his mind ready, he has already begun watching video daily.

If all goes well, the hope is that he can head to Houston on a conditioning stint to play two of the Aeros’ last three AHL regular-season games, likely next Friday and Sunday at Texas and Oklahoma City.

“I see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Harding said. “It’s a great feeling. I might have chirped a couple too many people while I was out. They were gunning for me today. I was all fun. I thought I held my own. I’m definitely on the right track.”

Sticking with Stoner

Despite Clayton Stoner’s rocky play of late and turnover that led to Marian Hossa’s winning goal Tuesday against Chicago, coach Mike Yeo will continue to stick with Stoner and play the hard-nosed defenseman Thursday against St. Louis.

“This is a guy that helped get us to this point,” Yeo said. “I just talked to him and it’s very important he’s able to push [Tuesday’s mistake] aside. We’re playing against a hard team [Thursday] and we have to be ready to play a hard game.”

Veteran Tom Gilbert, scratched the past two games, is expected to return and be paired with Justin Falk, while Brett Clark and Nate Prosser will be scratched.

Etc.

• Former Gophers leading scorer Erik Haula, who signed a two-year deal starting in 2013-14 with the Wild on Sunday, began his pro career Wednesday night for the Houston Aeros. Against Oklahoma City, Haula centered a line with Brett Bulmer and Carson McMillan.

“He’s got a little bit of everything,” Yeo said. “He’s got some hockey sense, he’s got some compete, he’s got some skill. It’ll be interesting to see how he can jump right into the pro game.”

• Jason Zucker was named to the AHL all-rookie team. He has 24 goals and 48 points in 53 games, including 12 power-play goals and eight game-winning goals, for the Aeros.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda 0 FINAL
Toronto - WP: D. Hutchison 2
Detroit - LP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 6
Chicago Cubs - WP: F. Doubront 5 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: J. Masterson 1
Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 3
Minnesota 1 Top 6th Inning
Baltimore 1
Philadelphia 6 Bottom 7th Inning
NY Mets 0
Miami 4 Top 8th Inning
Atlanta 0
Boston 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Tampa Bay 7
Cleveland 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 5 Top 7th Inning
Chicago WSox 0
Texas 0 Top 8th Inning
Houston 2
Colorado 1 Top 5th Inning
Arizona 0
Chicago Cubs 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
St. Louis 1
Los Angeles 0 Top 3rd Inning
San Diego 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 1st Inning
San Francisco 0
Oakland 0 Top 1st Inning
LA Angels 0
Washington 0 Top 1st Inning
Seattle 0
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 26 FINAL
UCF 24
Troy 10 FINAL
UAB 48
(7) UCLA 28 FINAL
Virginia 20
Western Mich 34 FINAL
Purdue 43
(5) Ohio State 34 FINAL
Navy 17
Appalachian St 14 FINAL
Michigan 52
Ga Southern 23 FINAL
NC State 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Massachusetts 7
West Virginia 23 FINAL
(2) Alabama 33
Rice 17 FINAL
(17) Notre Dame 48
(10) South Dakota St 18 FINAL
(24) Missouri 38
Fla Atlantic 7 FINAL
(22) Nebraska 55
California 31 FINAL
Northwestern 24
Marshall 42 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 27
UC Davis 0 FINAL
(11) Stanford 45
Arkansas 21 FINAL
(6) Auburn 45
(16) Clemson 21 4th Qtr 1:01
(12) Georgia 45
Liberty 29 4th Qtr 10:16
(23) North Carolina 49
Ohio U 17 FINAL
Kent State 14
Louisiana Tech 3 3rd Qtr 13:31
(4) Oklahoma 38
Stephen F Austin 10 3rd Qtr 13:13
(20) Kansas State 28
Fresno State 7 3rd Qtr
(15) USC 31
Southern Miss 0 2nd Qtr 0:11
Miss State 28
Texas-El Paso 14 2nd Qtr 8:03
New Mexico 9
North Texas 0 2nd Qtr 6:10
Texas 14
(1) Florida State 17 2nd Qtr 8:14
Oklahoma State 0
(14) Wisconsin 8:15 PM
(13) LSU
Idaho 0 Delayed
Florida 0
South Dakota 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(8) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(1) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(17) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Colorado 0 FINAL
Seattle 1
New England 3 FINAL
Toronto FC 0
Columbus 0 2nd Half 25:00
Montreal 1
FC Dallas 0 1st Half 15:00
Chicago 0
Real Salt Lake 9:30 PM
San Jose
Portland 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Chicago 70 FINAL
Indiana 77

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many fantasy football teams do you draft?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close