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
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
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.