ST. PAUL, Minn. - He has made sports headlines all season for his sensational play, but now Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been placed on injured reserve to give him time to make adjustments to medication for multiple sclerosis (MS).
Wild General manager Chuck Fletcher says Harding feels great and looks forward to rejoining the Wild for their game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27. Still, the move revives concerns about the impact multiple sclerosis is having, and 'will' have on Harding's body as he moves forward with his career. He missed a good chunk of the 2012-2013 season while doctors struggled to dial in his medications following his diagnosis with MS.
Harding has not shied away from the subject, but says he prefers to keep attention on his play and not his medical condition.
He's gone 18-5-3 and leads the NHL with a 1.51 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.