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 deal were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased to add a goaltender like Curtis with his many years of exceptional play and experience," said Barnett. "He is as excited to be coming to Phoenix as our fans will be in seeing him in a Coyotes uniform. We like this fit a lot."
In 2003-04, the 5-foot-11, 190 pound Joseph played 31 games with the Detroit Red Wings, posting a 16-10-3 record with 2 shutouts, a 2.39 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Joseph played 61 games for the Red Wings in 2002-03, posting a 34-19-6 record with a 2.49 GAA. He finished 5th in the NHL that season with 34 wins, the fourth highest win total of his career.
Joseph ranks 9th all-time among win leaders with 396 and is 3rd among active goaltenders behind Ed Belfour (435). He also ranks 23rd among all-time goaltender shutout leaders with 43 career shutouts and 4th among active goaltenders behind Ed Belfour, Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek.
In 15 NHL seasons, Joseph has recorded 10 seasons with 27-or-more wins and six seasons with 32-or-more wins. In 798 career NHL games, Joseph has posted a 396-289-90 record with a 2.75 GAA. In 131 career playoff games, he has recorded 62 wins and a 2.44 GAA. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1994 and 2000 and won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2000. In addition, he has represented Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.
The 38-year-old native of Keswick, Ontario began his career with the St. Louis Blues in 1989-90 after playing one season at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) where he was selected to the WCHA First All-Star Team and named the 1989 Freshman of the Year and WCHA Player of the Year.
Joseph played six seasons with the Blues and helped the team reach the Norris Division final against Toronto in 1992-93 with a 29-win season. In 1993-94, he set career highs for games played (71) and wins with 36.
In 1995-96, Joseph was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. His best season in Edmonton came during the 1996-97 campaign when he won 32 games and earned a goals against average of 2.93. In April 1996, he excelled for Canada at the World Championships and later that year represented Canada in the inaugural World Cup of hockey.
In 1998-99, Joseph signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent. In his first season with the Leafs, he posted a 35-24-7 record with a 2.56 GAA. He helped lead the Leafs to a 99-point season and the Stanley Cup semifinals. Joseph won nine playoff games and was runner-up to Dominik Hasek in the voting for the Vezina trophy.
The following season (1999-2000), Joseph tied a career high with 36 wins for the Leafs. He went on to play two more seasons with Toronto recording 33 and 29 win seasons. In 2001-02, he posted the lowest GAA number of his career (2.23) in his last season with Toronto. Joseph also played in a career high 20 playoff games for the Leafs posting a 10-10 record with a 2.30 GAA. In addition, Joseph was a member of Canada's Gold Medal Olympic Team in Salt Lake City before leaving the team in the summer of 2002 to sign as a free agent with the 2002 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.