November 30, 2012

NFL Notebook: Lockout endures despite mediators

The Associated Press

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Josh Harding
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Josh Harding, Minnesota goaltender, has no plans to alter his NHL career despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which affects the immune and central nervous system.

The Associated Press

Players previously had proposed they receive a guaranteed amount of income each year.

Owners want a seven-year deal, which the union says is too long because less than half the current players will be active by the last season.

WILD: Josh Harding didn't feel right. The Minnesota Wild goalie became dizzy during a workout on the ice about two months ago, and he started seeing big, black dots.

The neck problem he had was much more than that. Doctors diagnosed him with multiple sclerosis after a series of tests, and he's been undergoing treatment since then for the disease, which attacks the body's immune system and affects the central nervous system. Symptoms can include problems with balance, vision and fatigue. But the 28-year-old Harding, who resumed on-ice workouts two weeks ago without trouble, has no plans to end or alter his career.

He said his goal is to be ready if the NHL lockout ends soon.

"I'm going to do my part over here, skating regularly, working out regularly, getting back into shape and hopefully be good to go for training camp," Harding said after an informal workout on Thursday with some of his Wild teammates and other NHL players at the University of Minnesota.

Harding, who signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract this summer, played in a career-high 34 games last season, was 13-12-4 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

LINDEN SPEAKS: Former NHL Players' Association President Trevor Linden is only an interested observer as another lockout rolls on.

"It's disappointing to see the game not being where it should be -- and that's on the ice," Linden said. "I follow, but it's not my issue anymore. So I'm happy to be on the sidelines."

The former Vancouver captain led the union during the 2004-05 lockout that resulted in an entire season being scrapped for the first time in NHL history.

 

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