SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild has recalled goaltender Josh Harding following aconditioning assignment with the Houston Aeros, marking his comebackfrom symptomsof Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Harding, 28, went 1-1-0 stopping 56-of-61 shots faced for a 3.00 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .918 save percentage (SV%) in two starts with Houston after being assigned to the Aeros April 16. Diagnosed with MS before the 2012-13 NHL season started, Harding and his doctors had struggled to get his medication levels set to a point where he could play without side effects.
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher also announced Monday that the club has recalled forwards Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilleux, and reassigned forwards Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker and goaltender Darcy Kuemper to Houston.
Dowell recorded nine points (4-5=9) and 34 penalty minutes in 37 games with Houston this season. The 6-foot, 202-pound native of Eau Claire, Wisc., was signed by the Wild as a free agent July 4, 2012. The 28-year-old Dowell has skated in 154 NHL games with Chicago and Dallas, posting 33 points and 133 penalty minutes.
Veilleux notched eight points and 45 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Aeros. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of St. Georges de Beauce, Que. Veilleux has scored 43 goals and 49 assistsin his time with the Wild, mostly in his previous stint with the team.