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No go with Cujo

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
DETROIT (AP) - Goodbye, Dominator. Hello, Cujo.

The Detroit Red Wings, who saw goaltender Dominik Hasek retire last week after leading them to the Stanley Cup, will announce the signing of free agent goalie Curtis Joseph on Tuesday, a team source said.

Joseph, who played for Toronto last season, had not yet signed a contract but had agreed to join the Stanley Cup champions, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Joseph scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in Toronto.

Curtis Joseph decided to leave the Maple Leafs.
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The 35-year-old Joseph give the Red Wings another of the NHL's top goalies.

Hasek led the Red Wings to their third Cup in six years before announcing that he was going home to the Czech Republic.

Joseph compiled a 133-88-27 record and a 2.42 goals-against average in four seasons with Toronto. Joseph earned $6.57 million last season, which was the last of a four-year, $24 million deal.

Craig Oster, an associate of Joseph's agent Don Meehan, said Tuesday that Joseph "will be signing elsewhere" than Toronto. He refused further comment.

Joseph broke his hand last season but went 29-17-5 with a career-best 2.23 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 51 games. He had a 2.30 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 20 playoff games. The Leafs were eliminated in the Eastern Conference championship series by Carolina.

Joseph became an unrestricted free agent after failing to reach a deal Sunday with the Maple Leafs, who then traded his rights to Calgary for a 2004 eighth-round draft pick.

Calgary had the rights for about two hours Sunday before the goalie became a free agent.
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