Red Wings have been unable to trade Joseph

Updated: October 1, 2003, 6:02 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Goalie Curtis Joseph is one of seven players on the Detroit Red Wings' unprotected list for Friday's NHL waiver draft, the team announced Wednesday.

 Curtis Joseph

The decision had been expected with Detroit trying to trade him since goalie Dominik Hasek ended his one-year retirement in July.

General manager Ken Holland has been unable to deal Joseph, who has two years and $16 million remaining on his contract. The goalie also had surgery in August to remove bone chips from his right ankle.

Joseph has said he expected to be on the waiver list, but he would rather be dealt because his no-trade clause gives him some power. It is unlikely he will be claimed Friday because of his contract.

The Red Wings could deal him after that and might wind up paying part of his contract.

Joseph signed with Detroit before the 2002-03 season to improve his chances of winning his first Stanley Cup after playing 13 seasons with St. Louis, Edmonton and Toronto.

He had a 2.08 goals-against average in the first round of the playoffs as the Red Wings were eliminated by Anaheim. That followed an inconsistent regular season in which he won 15 of his last 19 regular-season games to finish 34-19-6.

Other players on the Red Wings' unprotected list include goalie Marc Lamonthe; defenseman Jamie Rivers; and forwards Derek King, Kevin Miller, Mark Mowers and Michel Picard.

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