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Updated: June 19th, 2012 12:57pm
Goalie Josh Harding signs three-year deal to remain with Wild

Goalie Josh Harding signs three-year deal to remain with Wild

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Josh Harding won't be hitting the unrestricted free agent market on July 1.

The Wild announced Tuesday that it has re-signed the 28-year-old goalie to a three-year contract. Financial figures were not released.

"I love being here, I love the city, I love the fans," Harding told the Wild's website. "It was really important for me to stay here and work towards my goal (of being a starting goaltender in the NHL)."

Harding has served as the backup goalie to Niklas Backstrom and last season recorded 13 victories while posting a 2.62 goals-against average with a .917 saves percentage. Harding missed the entire 2010-11 season after suffering a knee injury in a preseason game.

There was plenty of speculation the Wild would deal Harding last season before the trading deadline but that did not happen. Clearly, the team's hope was that it could retain him and Tuesday that became a reality.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding
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