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by Paul on 06/19/12 at 03:48 PM ET
via Michael Russo tweet,
Source: Josh Harding signs a three-year, $5.7 million deal with #mnwild ($1.9 AAV)
added 2:21pm, from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
One day after telling the Star Tribune he was willing to stay with the Wild if he was able to agree to a multi-year deal, Harding has signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract to remain in Minnesota. That’s a $1.9 million cap hit, takes Harding two years past the expiration of Niklas Backstrom’s contract and affords more time for young goalies Matt Hackett, Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson to develop.
This also gives the Wild lots of eventual options. As I’ve written over and over again, there’s only one cage. Eventually, whether it’s soon or more likely after they develop some more, you can bet the Wild will use a goaltender or two as assets and try to parlay them into established players and/or high draft picks in trades.
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