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Recently, many people have been writing about the possibility of Tomas Vokoun joining the Leafs as a free agent, and even the name Roberto Luongo has been mentioned in trade gossip as well. If either of these players are acquired, he will need a competent backup.
Josh Harding, once the heir apparent in Minnesota, may fill the bill. Starter Nicklas Backstrom still has a year left on his contract, but the team wants to eventually go with 2009 third-round pick Matt Hackett, which will make Harding expendable.
Harding had a .917 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA in 34 games, which would have ranked No. 1 for the Leafs by far last season. This is after the Wild ranked fifth worst in the league in shots against per game.
Harding is 27 years old and has the skills, but injuries and concentration lapses have prevented him from seizing the starting job. The Leafs could sign him cheap, as he is still unproven, and the fact that he is an unrestricted free agent means no risk. If everything breaks right for him, Harding could be a great addition to this talent-thin position.