Joseph returns to NHL ranks, signs with Flames

Updated: January 14, 2008, 1:58 PM ET
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It took a little longer than he may have hoped, but Curtis Joseph is heading back to the NHL.

All-time Victories

Curtis Joseph is just one victory from tying for fourth all-time on the goaltender wins list.

Goalie Wins
Patrick Roy 551
Martin Brodeur 518
Ed Belfour 484
Terry Sawchuk 447
Curtis Joseph 446

Sources told ESPN The Magazine's E.J. Hradek that the veteran goaltender has signed a deal with the Calgary Flames. Details surrounding the deal were not disclosed.

Joseph became an unrestricted free agent this summer after the Phoenix Coyotes decided not to re-sign him. Joseph continued to work out in the Toronto area before Joseph helped Team Canada win the Spengler Cup in Switzerland last month.

TSN of Canada reported Sunday that Joseph narrowed his list of teams to the Maple Leafs, Flames, Rangers and Sharks, but San Jose was no longer interested, according to The San Jose Mercury News.

Flames starting netminder Miikka Kiprusoff (22-14-8) has started all but one game (rookie Curtis McElhinney filled in on the other), and signing Joseph gives the Flames an insurance policy in net.

Joseph, 40, will be reunited with coach Mike Keenan, who was bench boss and GM of the goalie in St. Louis during the 1994-95 season. Keenan later traded Joseph to the Edmonton Oilers in 1995.