Goaltender bound for Wings' AHL team

Updated: December 7, 2003, 12:58 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph is headed back to the minors.

Joseph cleared waivers Friday and has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's AHL affiliate.

When Dominik Hasek ended his retirement in July, the Red Wings tried to trade Joseph. So far, no team has wanted to take the rest of his two-year, $16 million contract.

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

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 when the Red Wings were eliminated by Anaheim. That followed an inconsistent regular season in which Joseph won 15 of his last 19 regular-season games to finish 34-19-6.

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