Wild look to deal Harding
Minnesota has targeted four teams - the Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers - to try and trade backup goalie Josh Harding, who had a 2.21 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 19 games in the 2008-09 season.
The 2002 second-round draft pick played for Rob Daum when he coached the Wild's AHL farm club in Houston, should they need a scouting report.
The Wild will try to get a second-line forward back for Harding, who turns 25 on June 18.
The Wild will likely try and move slugger Derek Boogaard to an Eastern Conference team at the draft because he's an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010. Plus, they want a tough guy who can play more than Boogaard's five minutes a game.
If you're handicapping the Wild's search for head coach, San Jose assistant Todd Richards would be No. 1 because new general manager Chuck Fletcher has a history with him in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, with Craig MacTavish being No. 2.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Wild shopping Harding and Boogaard?
The rumors are starting already, the Wild appear to looking to move the Boogey man and Josh Harding. Under Doug Risebrough Harding was basically looked at as being untouchable. While I love watching Derek Boogard pound the snot out of another goon, the Wild probably would like to see a player that does more than play 5:00 minutes a game and wave his fingers at opponents they have just cheap shoted one of the Wilds skilled players.