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The rink where?Josh Harding?now works is five minutes from?his house in Edina, Minnesota. Nike Shoes China . A road trip now means a drive to a different local high school. Every day includes lots of quality time with his 3-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son.Even over the phone, you can sense that Harding is at peace with the fact that this is where his career path has led.When the doctors say enoughs enough, you kind of have to listen to them, the former Minnesota Wild netminder said.Just before he picked up the phone to call an ESPN.com reporter, Harding, 32, spoke with?Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell.Bickell, 30, was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is taking time away from the game to try to figure out how best to deal with the disease, the same incurable one that ultimately ended Hardings career in 2015.By sharing some of his experiences in dealing with MS, which attacks and scars the protective covering of nerves in the brain and spinal cord, Harding gave Bickell at least some sense of what lies ahead. He also shared strategies, things that worked and things that didnt work for him.Anything I can obviously do for him to kind of help him along, Harding said. I was just telling him that one of the things I felt was very tough was when youre trying new medications but trying to play and practice through those. That was pretty tough for me. But I think Bryans handling it great.Apart from his hands-on advice, Harding has also helped simply by being a sounding board, someone who understands intimately the nature of the now-competing narratives that will dominate Bickells life moving forward -- battling the disease and fighting to stay in the game.When Harding was diagnosed in 2012, he spoke with Jordan Sigalet,?another netminder whose playing career had been derailed by multiple sclerosis. Both Sigalet and Harding have been or plan to be in touch with Bickell, a kind of unspoken pay-it-forward mentality that springs from the shared experience of being diagnosed with MS.Just coping with it and accepting that there isnt a cure right now, but the sooner you can kind of wrap your head around it and really get what works for you, the better its going to be, Harding said.The one thing that Harding cannot give Bickell is the answer he wants to hear: that he will definitely, at some point, return to being an NHL player.If there was a blueprint for what you have to do, I really think Id still be in the league, Harding said. Thats obviously another tough thing with this disease, that there isnt this exact handout that you can follow to get it out of your body.Harding knows the difficulty of that fact all too well.The native of Regina, Saskatchewan, was diagnosed with MS in September 2012. That fall, NHL players were locked out in a labor dispute for several months and the season was ultimately cut almost in half.Harding wrestled with how to deal with his diagnosis. The Wild were aware, but he considered keeping his condition from becoming public knowledge. That ultimately didnt seem workable, given that he was going to need to take time away from the team for rest and treatment.Harding ultimately decided that sharing his story -- letting people know that multiple sclerosis wasnt something to be ashamed of and that he was going to work to continue his job while dealing with the disease?-- was an important part of his new reality.That mindset has never changed, even if Harding did have to make concessions to his health.He registered a shutout in his first game after the lockout but appeared in just five games during the shortened 13 season. That spring, Harding was pressed into service in the first round of the playoffs when starter Niklas Backstrom was injured before Game 1 against the?Chicago Blackhawks. Harding was excellent in an overtime loss in the Wilds first game against top-ranked Chicago and played in every game of the series before the Wild were eliminated in Game 5.Later, Harding would receive the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in recognition of his perseverance and dedication to the game.But the reality was that Hardings best opportunity to keep the disease at bay was at odds with being a player -- and, specifically, an NHL netminder.Im not going to sugarcoat it: It was very tough for me, he said. Right when I thought that I kind of had it under control, it just seemed like something would kick my legs out from under me again.For Harding, taking as much stress out of his life and having an orderly schedule of rest allowed him to function as close to normal as possible. And that meant an end to his life as an NHLer. I feel like Im in a lot better place now, healthwise, he said.Maybe Bickell will find that his experience with MS is different. Harding, for one, is rooting for Bickell to find something that eluded him.I would give anything to be back playing hockey, Harding admitted. Thats kind of what weve done for our entire life. Its kind of a diagnosis that you know you didnt ask for and you didnt want. Theres really not much you can do except to battle through it. But I really miss [playing].The extra time Harding gets with his young family is a treasure that is denied most NHL players, given the travel demands of the sport. And coaching alongside former NHLer and highly successful high school coach Curt Giles at Edina High School has given Harding a welcome connection to the game.Sometimes the kids on the Edina Hornets will ask whether Harding is going to put on the pads at practice. But he doesnt. Harding is aware that even something that seemingly simple could upset the balance that he has established in his life, could add unneeded stress.Plus, he joked, there are pretty good shooters among the high schoolers and his confidence might take quite a beating. He figures that he can live without that. Hes focusing on the positives and happy that he still has a tie to the sport he loves.I try to take the positives out of it, he said. Cheap Nike Shoes China Free Shipping . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. Nike Shoes Outlet China .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. http://www.chinashoesnike.com/ . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball. BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez is likely to start only in the third and final game of the New York Yankees three-game series against the Red Sox on Thursday night.New York manager Joe Girardi, asked before Tuesday nights opener of Rodriguezs final Yankee series on the road, said the controversial slugger would not start Tuesday and likely not start Wednesday against left-hander Drew Pomeranz.That would leave Thursday night, when knuckleballer Steven Wright goes for the Red Sox.Rodriguez will then play one more home game, Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, before being released. He is slated to sign a contract as an advisor to team managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner while collecting the rest of his player salary, but there is the chance he could sign with another team, either for the stretch run or next season.Rodriguez, who met the media in the visitors dugout before the game, said he was disappointed not to be starting the two games. Girardi, whose team is still somewhat alive in the wild card chase, said, Were trying to win games.Clearly, Rodriguez is no longer helping them win games.Rodriguez, hitting just .204 with nine homers and 29 RBI heading into his final four games with the team, was batting only .219 with three homers and 11 RBI in 73 at-bats against lefties. He was at .196 with six homers and 18 RBI against righties and was 3-for-22 lifetime against right-hander Rick Porcello, who started for Boston on Tuesday.He is 1-for-5 against Wright but did have success against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He hass never faced Pomeranz, who takes his fifth shot at his first win in a Red Sox uniform when he faces Nathan Eovaldi in the second game of the series. Buy Nike Shoes China. Pomeranz, who went from the National League All-Star team to the Red Sox, is 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA since arriving in Boston. He is coming off a six-inning outing (the most innings he has thrown in a game for the Red Sox) at Seattle where he allowed two runs on four hits, walked six (one intentional) and struck out six.He will be working for the first time since an ESPN report suggested he might have been damaged goods when acquired, the report also saying the Red Sox will not seek compensation.To my knowledge, hes gone through his work between starts, hes taken the ball as we anticipated, said manager John Farrell.Pomeranz pitched against the Yankees with San Diego on July 2, yielding a run on five hits and striking out seven in seven innings. He then threw seven innings of two-hit/shutout ball against the Dodgers in Los Angeles and that was it for his career with the Padres.Eovaldi, who throws as hard or harder than any starter in the major leagues, has lost his last two starts to fall to 9-8 and is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts since returning to the rotation after a demotion to the bullpen. His nine wins lead the Yankees and he is 3-0 with a 4.60 ERA lifetime against the Red Sox -- 2-0 with a 5.94 in three starts at Fenway Park. ' ' ' 
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