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Mar 1, 2014

Wild Rumors: Two goaltenders sent to minors, trade or return of Harding

By on 12:27 PM

The Minnesota Wild sent both John Curry and Darcy Kuemper back to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, leaving only one goaltender with the big club.

By sending both targets back to the minors, there are two possible scenarios in play. Josh Harding could be ready to rejoin the club after a season full of issues with his medication for the symptoms of MS, or they have completed a trade in which they have acquired another NHL goaltender, that will become the primary guy, through the rest of the season and the playoffs.

The conventional wisdom is that the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired Jaroslav Halak yesterday in the Ryan Miller deal, had no intention of keeping Halak, and were looking to flip him to the Wild for a high draft pick. Halak is not the only target that would be available, however. The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing the Montreal Canadiens tonight and will start Jonathan Bernier in goal despite James Reimer's career success in the Bell Centre, a move that makes very little sense on the outside.

There are of course other goaltending options that could be had. Martin Brodeur of the Devils is thought to be in play, but he is slated to be the starter for the Devils today. Carolina is open to moving any of the three goaltenders on their roster, and the Capitals have had Neuvirth request a trade due to his falling on their depth chart.


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