Wild sign goalie Harding to 3-year deal

June 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., June 19 (UPI) -- Pending free agent goaltender Josh Harding has signed a three-year contract to remain with the Minnesota Wild, the team said Tuesday.

Terms of the deal weren't released, but the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported it was for $5.7 million.

The 28-year-old netminder, who has served as a backup to Niklas Backstrom, was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

After missing the entire 2010-11 season with torn knee ligaments, he returned in the recently completed campaign to go 13-12-4 with a 2.62 goals against average in 34 games.

Harding also underwent season-ending hip surgery in 2009-10.

He has compiled a 41-51-8 record with a 2.65 GAA over 117 career contests with the Wild.

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