Wings place Joseph on waivers

Updated: December 3, 2003, 4:32 PM ET
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The Detroit Red Wings placed goaltender Curtis Joseph on waivers on Wednesday. Should he clear, the Red Wings will have the option of sending him to the minors.

Joseph went unclaimed in the Oct. 3 waiver draft with no other team willing to take on his $8 million salary. Joseph also had yet to play a game after undergoing offseason ankle surgery.

Since then, he's played in five games for the Wings, posting a .885 save percentage with a 2-3 record.

If a team claims Joseph by noon ET Friday, it will assume the remaining portion of his two-year, $16-million contract. If the rest of the NHL passes on him, the Red Wings will continue to have a messy situation in goal, and may send Joseph to the minors.

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.

After Dominik Hasek ended his one-year retirement in July, Detroit has tried several times to get rid of Joseph.

The Red Wings have played this season with Hasek, Joseph and Manny Legace, one of the league's top backup goalies, on the roster.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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