Tuesday June 19th, 2012

Josh Harding Josh Harding will stay with the Wild after signing a new deal to keep him in Minnesota. (George Kluckhohn, Getty Images)

The market for free agent goalkeepers just got a little thinner. The Minnesota Wild announced today that they have re-signed Josh Harding to a three-year contract. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that Harding will make $5.7 million over the duration of his contract, which amounts to a $1.9 annual hit on the NHL salary cap. Harding played 34 games in 2011-2012 season, registering a 13-12 record with two shutouts and a 2.62 goals against average. He figured to be a prime target for many teams looking to get a backup goaltender in free agency this offseason, but preferred to stay with the Wild and remain a starter.

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