Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild recalled goaltender Darcy
Kuemper from Houston of the American Hockey League prior to Tuesday's game
against the Vancouver Canucks.
Kuemper could make his NHL debut against the Canucks. He was 10-6 with a 1.79
ERA in 16 games for Houston this season.
Josh Harding was expected to start in net Tuesday night. However, Minnesota
general manager Chuck Fletcher informed reporters that Harding, diagnosed last
fall with multiple sclerosis, has been feeling "off" the last couple days.
"Josh hasn't been feeling great the last few days and we've asked to Josh to
be honest with us and let us know when he doesn't feel that he's 100 percent,"
Fletcher said. "He just feels a little bit off. What he's going through right
now, he's dealing with some medications. There's a lot of trial and error.
Every situation is different. The doctors advised us of this a few weeks ago
that eventually we will get to the right spot where the medication works and
his body adapts to it.
"It's not a one-size-fits-all solution, unfortunately. Every case is
different, so we're going to get there. We're very optimistic about that, but
right now, he feels a little off. I give him credit. It's against a hockey
player's nature to come in and say he doesn't feel he can do it. He feels down
a little bit about it, but we really support him and I give him a lot of
credit for coming forward and giving us this information. It's in his best
interest and our team's best interest to do this."
Also on Tuesday, the Wild reassigned defenseman Marco Scandella to Houston.
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