Josh Harding G MIN 2 Months

Harding has been ruled out indefinitely with a fractured right foot sustained in an off-ice incident Sept. 14.

Harding will fortunately be able to avoid surgery on the foot, but the injury more than likely dashes his chances of playing in the Wild's season opener. More details surrounding the nature of Harding's injury should become available in the coming days, but expect his stock to fall considerably in drafts as the season approaches. Harding already came with plenty of built-in health risk due to his complications with multiple sclerosis that have prematurely ended each of his last two seasons, so the injury only further damages his standing. Look for either Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper or perhaps a currently unsigned goalie to compete for No. 1 duties in training camp.

Josh Harding G MIN 2 Months

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher categorized the foot and ankle injury that Harding sustained earlier this week as "not short term," Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Wild are only ruling Harding out for the start of the team's training camp for now, but it seems a likely bet that he won't be available for the team's Oct. 9 regular-season opener against the Avalanche. The injury puts the Wild in a bit of a bind, as Niklas Backstrom will enter camp as the team's only NHL-ready goalie, with Darcy Kuemper continuing to negotiate a new contract with the Wild. Once healthy, Harding figures to factor into the mix for No. 1 duties, but the missed action during training camp may prove damaging to his chances.

Josh Harding G MIN 2 Months

Harding has been sidelined by an ankle injury, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Harding was set to enter training camp at full health after missing the second half of last season due to a change in his medication for multiple sclerosis, but it appears the snake-bitten goalie has been dealt another setback. The team won't have an update on Harding's expected timetable until he visits with the team's orthopedic surgeon Wednesday, but it's generally believed that he will miss the beginning of training camp, if not longer. Harding was in the midst of a sensational season prior to succumbing to another complication from MS last December, and was thought to be a frontrunner to claim the No. 1 goalie job in camp. If he ends up missing the start of the regular season, either Darcy Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom would be called upon to assume starting duties.

Josh Harding G MIN 3 Months

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Harding is "a go" for training camp, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season are feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals."

With an 18-7-3 record, 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage, Harding was playing as well as any goal in hockey before a setback in his treatment for multiple sclerosis sidelined him after the end of December. Because he's missed large chunks of both of the last two seasons while dealing with the effects of the illness, fantasy players shouldn't look to invest heavily in Harding. Even if healthy, he's no lock to open the season as the regular starter in goal for the Wild with Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper still around.

Josh Harding G MIN 6 Months

GM Chuck Fletcher is expecting to see a healthy Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) at training camp in September.

Harding was sensational in 2013 before getting ill again as he was 18-7-3 in 29 games with a scintillating 1.65 GAA and a .933 save percentage. But he did not play at all in 2014 as he became ill once again and his doctors were unable to come up with the right combination of medications to allow him to be healthy enough to return. "Josh's battles have been well-chronicled, and I think he's feeling well at this point in time," Fletcher said. "The goal for him is, much like last summer, is to build up and be able to come to training camp and play well. There's been nothing I've heard to make me believe that's not the case."

Josh Harding G MIN 6 Months

Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) is feeling well after being unable to play since December 31.

The hope is that Harding will be available for the start of training camp. Harding had a 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage in 29 games, but unfortunately not clear how much he can be counted on to play in 2014-15.

Josh Harding G MIN 6 Months

Josh Harding's health situation adds complications to Minnesota's goaltending.

He didn't play after Dec. 31 because of problems caused by multiple sclerosis, but he stated last month that he has no intention of retiring. Harding has one year left on his current contract, while Darcy Kuemper will be a restricted free agent in July and Ilya Bryzgalov will be unrestricted. The Wild also have Niklas Backstrom locked up for another two seasons, but he has struggled to stay in the lineup as well because of injuries. Who starts for the Wild on opening night next season should be considered a big question mark at this time.

Josh Harding G MIN 7 Months

Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) skated in morning practice Friday.

It is not known if Harding, who has been out since December 31, will be well enough to play in the second round. The Wild are in trouble in net as Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper are all hurt. Ilya Bryzgalov is the starting goalie with John Curry as his backup for now which should not inspire fear in the Chicago Blackhawks.

Josh Harding G MIN 8 Months

Josh Harding practiced with the Wild on Wednesday for the first time since January.

He hopes to be back with his teammates soon if everything goes well. However, he is still listed as day-to-day and it's unclear when or if he'll be available to play before the season is over. He has been sidelined since Dec. 31 due to complications with his multiple sclerosis.

Josh Harding G MIN 8 Months

Josh Harding put his pads on and took to the ice again Thursday morning.

He faced some shots and did puck-handling drills with goalie coach Bob Mason after skating for the first time on Tuesday. "It's a great sign that he's feeling much better, and he's focused and motivated to try to get back with us," coach Mike Yeo said. "With that said, we're still a few steps away. It's not like he's a week away from rejoining us here, but it's a good first step." It's unclear when he'll be able to return.