Recovering Wild players: A bond develops

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2011 - 7:03 AM

Wild goalie Josh Harding and center James Sheppard give each other someone to lean on while rehabbing from devastating knee injuries.

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hnidynightFeb. 18, 11 7:09 AM

best of luck to both these young men on their difficult road.

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bhrnew1lFeb. 18, 11 7:20 AM

Hnidyknight, Dean Youngblood is smart to acknowledge these brave young men, it is a cute story of how two wild players bonded together and I will tell you another thing Hnidyknight, these guys bonding will help the team learn this system that they are just starting to get comfortable in after 2 years now. This is the key Hnidyknight, if more players start to form player love and bond this will help the team get to the playoffs sooner. The fans need to be patient

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moodog33Feb. 18, 11 8:03 AM

I don't know all the conditions of the rule, but I would think that once they are declared fit to play, they should be able to spend ~10 days with the Aeros on a re-conditioning assignment without involving waivers. Bouchard had the same option. The team chose not to use it.

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eighteenkFeb. 18, 11 8:04 AM

They will be able to support each other in the unemployment line, too!

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mn218puckfanFeb. 18, 11 8:42 AM

Nice story I wish them all the best, but thats the only story the trib could print on game day?

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buffalo66Feb. 18, 11 9:14 AM

mn218puckfan - It is 9am. the game isn't until 7pm tonite. The story will come. Be patient my young padawan.

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uffda57Feb. 18, 11 9:32 AM

I think both will be gone at the end of the year, Sheppard because he has never played up to his potential, becoming the TJack of the Wild, and Harding because they are well-set in goal with Backstrom and Theodore now, with Khudobin and Hackett in Houston ready to play at any time. I doubt if the outcome would have been any different if they had been able to play this year, except that both would probably gotten better offers from other teams. As it stands, they may end up taking pay cuts as they head to another team.

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jakemanoFeb. 18, 1111:03 AM

I would have liked to see Sheppard play this year. The guy sounded like he was working real hard to do something this year. This guy was ruined though as he was never given an opportunity to have success. He was never going to be a star, but when you stick an 18 year old on to the ice and have him playing 4th line time, he just didn't have a chance to gain any confidence. As a rookie, he had 34 games where he played less than 10 minutes. He should have been playing 18-20 in the minors. With that, he probably would have been a solid...3rd liner. Anyway, best of luck kid. It probably won't be here though.

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Quixote71Feb. 18, 1111:05 AM

uffda57.... Trials always tend to make or break a man. Shep has been humbled to say the least. I have a feeling that he will come back from this with a renewed fire in the belly. Hards is solid. I hope that he recovers fully and is able to land a starting job within the next couple years. He has worked very hard and has been a class act.

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fittobetiedFeb. 18, 1111:21 AM

Sheppard's still on the team?

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