The Minnesota Wild have placed goaltender Josh Harding on the injured reserve Wednesday night, in order to get him the proper medication. It has been revealed that Harding has multiple sclerosis. Being on the injured reserve list will give Harding time to get accustomed to his MS medication. From ESPN,
“Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement issued by the team. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”
But fear not Wild fans, it doesn’t seem like Harding will have miss much, at least for the time being.
Harding will have to miss at least a week while on injured reserve. That means he will be out at least three games. Backstrom, who is 2-5-2 with a 2.93 goals-against average, will carry the load while Harding is away.
Johan Gustafsson has been recalled from Iowa of the AHL to take Harding’s spot and could see some action if Harding winds up missing more time than initially expected.