No takers for Cujo
NEW YORK -- Twenty players changed teams in the NHL waiver draft Friday. Curtis Joseph was not among them.
The return of Dominik Hasek to the Red Wings after a one-year retirement made Joseph expendable. General manager Ken Holland tried to deal him all summer, offering to pay part of the $16 million left on the goalie's contract, but had no takers.
So it was no surprise that teams backed away again in the waiver draft, preferring more reasonably priced players.
One of the top players changing teams was veteran center Travis Green, drafted by Columbus from Toronto and then traded to Boston for a sixth-round draft choice in 2004.
The New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers were the most active teams, each drafting three players. The Rangers picked up defenseman Joel Bouchard and forwards Sheldon Keefe and Mike Siklenka. The Thrashers drafted defenseman Shawn Heins and forwards Ronald Petrovicky and Serge Aubin.
Montreal, Nashville and Washington each drafted two players. The Canadiens went for forwards Darren Langdon and Steve Begin, the Predators acquired goalie Chris Mason and forward Wade Brookbank, and the Capitals chose forwards Denis Hamel and Brian Willsie.
Other players drafted were defenseman Nolan Baumgartner by Pittsburgh; forward Petr Tenkrat by Toronto; defenseman Todd Simpson by Anaheim; forward Jeff Heerema by St. Louis; goalie Steve Valiquette by Florida; forward Glen Metropolit by Ottawa; and goalie Jani Hurme by Carolina.
The Hurricanes, who signed free agent goalie Jamie Storr earlier on Friday, traded Hurme to Atlanta in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2004.
Joseph wasn't the only big name passed over. Pavel Bure, Robert Reichel, Theo Fleury, Chris Therien, Claude Lemieux, Brian Savage and Todd Harvey were on the waiver list but not drafted. Also available but ignored were goalies Steve Shields, Brian Boucher and Arturs Irbe.
The Red Wings are expected to resume efforts to trade Joseph, who is recovering from ankle surgery, once the NHL season starts next week.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press