Publish date:

With Harding hurt, Wild call up goalie Gustafsson to be Backstrom's backup

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have recalled goalie Johan Gustafsson from the AHL, after a lower-body injury that forced Josh Harding out of the last game after two periods.

Gustafsson was 2-0 with a 1.99 goals against average in three games this season for the Iowa Wild. The sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft played in his native Sweden last season and has not appeared in an NHL game. He'll be the backup to Niklas Backstrom when the Wild play at Chicago Saturday.

Coach Mike Yeo said after practice Friday that Harding was feeling better but won't travel to the game.

Backstrom's relief appearance for Harding Thursday in the win over Carolina was his first action since he suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 8.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_16950020
Play

Injuries Causing Early Season Headaches for NHL Teams

We’re barely two games into the season for some teams, and already, their depth is being seriously tested. That’s unlikely to change, all season long.

USATSI_16954580_168393426_lowres
Play

Is Adam Fox Worth $10 million Per Season?

His peer, Charlie McAvoy, just inked a big extension in Boston and the New York Rangers rearguard already has a Norris Trophy.

Kevin Hayes
Play

Playing for Jimmy: Grieving Hayes Suits up for Flyers Season

At just 31, former NHL player Jimmy Hayes was found dead this summer inside his family home. Nearly two months later, the idea of starting a season without his brother weighs on Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes.