In sports, there’s always a steep learning curve. Whether it be a pitcher learning a new pitch, or a quarterback learning a new offense, there are going to be growing pains. Josh Harding’s season for the Minnesota Wild, this year, has been no different. After a brief cup of coffee in the NHL following the lockout, Harding was heir apparent to Manny Fernandez in net for the Wild. He even notched a shutout in his three-game stint with the big club. But something unexpected happened the following season. Intent on driving the team to the playoffs, General Manager Doug Risebrough signed an unknown goaltender by the name of Niklas Backstrom—or, at least, unknown in American circles. Backstrom was signed with the intent of providi ...
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