Red Wings plan to keep all three goalies

Updated: January 28, 2004, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek's injured groin has improved and the Red Wings expect him to be able to skate again in about a week.

Hasek, who ended his one-year retirement last summer, has played just 14 games this season. He has started to rehabilitate his injury after being told to stay off the ice and to avoid working out earlier this month.

Because of Hasek's injury woes, the Red Wings plan to keep their three goalies -- Hasek, Curtis Joseph and Manny Legace -- after trying unsuccessfully to trade Joseph earlier this season.

Hasek is 8-3-2 this season, Joseph is 11-9-2 and Legace is 9-5-3 for the Central Division-leading Red Wings.

Hasek retired after Detroit won the 2002 Stanley Cup, and the Red Wings signed Joseph to replace him. After the Red Wings were swept in the first round of the playoffs last year, the six-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time league MVP came back and the team tried to trade Joseph.

It has helped the Red Wings that no team wanted to take Joseph, and his $8-million contract, because he has played well at times in Hasek's absence. When Hasek was healthy, Detroit put Joseph on waivers and sent him to its AHL team in Grand Rapids twice.

Joseph has another year and $8 million remaining on his contract, and Hasek is making $6 million this season.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press