Wild places Josh Harding on IR, recalls Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker
Four days after Josh Harding sat out a game because he did not feel right as he attempted to deal with new medication he was taking to battle multiple sclerosis, the Minnesota Wild placed the goalie on injured reserve.
The Wild also made two other roster moves Saturday, recalling forwards Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. The Wild will play host to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
After Harding did not suit up for last Tuesday's game in Vancouver, and Darcy Kuemper was recalled and got the start, general manager Chuck Fletcher said Harding had not been feeling 100 percent as he delt with a new medication.
Harding was diagnosed with MS in the fall but has vowed to continue his career.
"It's a lot of trial and error," Fletcher told reporters in Vancouver. "Every situation's different, and the doctors advised us of this that we will eventually get to the right spot when the medication works and his body adapts to it. It's not a one-size-fits-all-solution, unfortunately."
The Wild, who is 6-7-1 after losing in a shootout Thursday to Colorado at Xcel Energy Center, was without winger Pierre-Marc Bouchad (illness) and defenseman Justin Falk (illness) at practice Saturday. Winger Cal Clutterbuck came out of Thursday's game after taking a stick to the eye but he did practice Saturday.
With some uncertainty about who will be able to play Sunday, the Wild called up Larsson and Zucker.
Larsson, 20, has 27 points, including 13 goals, and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games with Houston this season. A second-round pick by the Wild in 2010, he has not appeared in an NHL game.
Zucker, who played college hockey at Denver, leads the Aeros with 41 points, including 19 goals. Ten of those have come on the power play. Zucker had two assists in six games with the Wild last season after signing an entry-level contract last March.