On not trading Harding: "Josh is somebody that can very well be part of our future going forward. He’s a big part of our present. I wasn’t looking to sell him. If there was ever a hockey trade that makes sense, you’d consider him. But we were not looking to just to move Josh Harding or sell him. He’s won a lot of hockey games for us. He’s a young goalie and we haven’t dismissed the idea of attempting to re-sign him for the future.
If I’m Fletcher and I can trade Josh Harding, I’d do that, too, although I’m not sure how big of a market there really is now that Ben Bishop was traded to Ottawa. Harding, who says as far as he knows there have been no talks on a new contract, says he loves Minnesota and would like to stay. I don’t know, if I’m him, I’d want to leave to try to showcase myself for a next contract.
I really believe the tandem next year here will be Niklas Backstrom and Matt Hackett. Hackett continues to look good.