What Are the Minnesota Wild's Best Options in Goal with Josh Harding Out?

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What Are the Minnesota Wild's Best Options in Goal with Josh Harding Out?
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Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding.

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has officially been out with multiple sclerosis medication issues since January 2—a full month—perhaps prompting a difficult decision on general manager Chuck Fletcher’s part. Should he, and, more importantly, will he address the absence in net via trade or free agency?

Ten points out of the final Central Division playoff spot, the aptly named Wild are holding down the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference with a record of 29-21-7. However, Minnesota is just three points up on the ninth-place Phoenix Coyotes, who have two games in hand.

The Wild are also in danger of losing ground, having posted more losses over the last 11 games than wins. Minnesota is 5-4-2 in that stretch, which simply isn’t good enough in a conference where teams typically need 95-plus points to clinch a berth. Minnesota is currently on pace for 94.

It’s clear Fletcher must do something. Assuming it’s in net, here are the Wild’s best options with Harding out.

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