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COYOTES RE-SIGN CURTIS JOSEPH

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES RE-SIGN JOSEPH TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Curtis Joseph to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Our fans not only witnessed excellent goaltending from Curtis last season, they had the opportunity to share with him in his climb to 400 career wins, placing him 6th amongst all NHL goaltenders," said Barnett. "He continues to write new records while playing at his customary high level. More importantly, Curtis gives us a chance to win every night."

This season, his first as a Coyote, Joseph played in 60 games with Phoenix, posting a 32-21 record,  a 2.91 goals against average (GAA), a .902 save percentage (SV%) and 4 shutouts.  He finished the season ranked 9th in the NHL in wins, tied for 7th in shutouts and 11th in saves (1,524).  Joseph reached the 30-win plateau for the seventh time in his NHL career and his 32 victories in 2005-06 were one shy of the team's franchise record of 33.  He also earned the Ashley Furniture Team MVP Award, the Applebee's Three-Star Award and the Coyotes' Treasures Custom Jewelers Player of the Month five times (in seven months).

"We are very pleased to re-sign Curtis," said Gretzky. "He had an outstanding season for us last year and was our MVP. "We look forward to having him back."

In 2005-06, Joseph eclipsed the 400-win and 800-games played plateaus and passed NHL legends Grant Fuhr (the Coyotes' goaltending coach), Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito to move into 6th place on the NHL's all-time wins list with 428 career victories.  The 39-year-old Joseph ranks third among active NHL goaltenders in wins, trailing only Ed Belfour and Martin Brodeur.  Joseph also ranks 22nd on the NHL's all-time shutout list with 47 career shutouts (which ranks 4th among active goaltenders).

In 16 NHL seasons, the Keswick, Ontario native has compiled a 428-310-90 career record, 2.76 GAA and .907 SV% with St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto, Detroit and Phoenix.  In 131 career playoff games, he has recorded 62 wins, a 2.44 GAA and a .916 SV%.

Joseph has recorded 11 seasons with 27-or-more wins and seven seasons with 32-or-more wins.  He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1994 and 2000 and won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2000.  While with Toronto in 1998-99, Joseph finished as runner-up to Dominik Hasek in the voting for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top netminder.  In addition, he has represented Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Joseph originally joined the Coyotes on Aug. 17, 2005 when he signed as a free agent.

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