Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher addressed the media this morning about the reasoning for recalling goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Houston Aeros.
Fletcher stated that Josh Harding has been feeling a bit “off” from new medication he is taking for multiple sclerosis. Harding announced that he was diagnosed with MS in the fall. The Wild GM didn’t give a timetable for Harding’s return nor elaborate on how the netminder was feeling at this time. He noted that Harding was open about how he was feeling and spoke about the goaltender’s desire to do what’s best for the team at this time. Watch the WildTV video of Fletcher speaking to the media.
Harding is skating at the team’s optional practice this morning and is expected to speak later today.
The Wild skates against the Vancouver Canucks tonight, as Kuemper will be in the lineup for his first NHL game. It is still undetermined who will get the start in goal, as Minnesota held an optional skate this morning. Fletcher said that Kuemper was deserving of the call-up and that he has been the best goaltender in the AHL over the last month.
Niklas Backstrom has started the Wild’s last eight games and is not skating this morning. Head Coach Mike Yeo will address the media at 5 p.m. PST, and we should know more by then.