Injuries force Wings to recall Joseph again
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings recalled Curtis Joseph from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Tuesday, less than a week after they sent the veteran goaltender to the minors for the second time this season.
Joseph is back with the Red Wings, who have been trying to trade him for months, because Dominik Hasek aggravated a groin injury against Los Angeles on Monday.
Joseph started Wednesday at Buffalo because goalie Manny Legace injured his knee during the pregame warmup before Monday's game. Legace is listed as day to day.
The Red Wings also recalled goalie Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids to back up Joseph if Legace can't play.
Since Hasek ended his retirement in July, the Red Wings have tried to trade Joseph. So far, no team has wanted to take the rest of his two-year, $16 million contract. Joseph cleared waivers Friday, for the second time this season, and was assigned to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings have played this season with Hasek, Joseph and 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.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press