Cujo To Stay With Dogs

Source: Canadian Press

The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed veteran netminder Curtis Joseph to a $2 million US, one-year contract Friday, removing the unrestricted free-agent-to-be from the market five weeks early.

Joseph, 39, had a 32-21 record in 60 games in his first season with the Coyotes, posting a 2.91 goals-against average and four shutouts. He also became the sixth netminder in NHL history to earn 400 career victories.

Joseph’s deal includes a number of performance bonuses.

“He continues to write new records while playing at his customary high level,” Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said in a statement. “More importantly, Curtis gives us a chance to win every night.”

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Joseph, who made $900,000 US last season, was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. A number of teams were expected to make a pitch for the Keswick, Ont., native, who ranks third among active goaltenders in wins (428).

Joseph, who went undrafted, has a career record of 428-310-90 with a 2.76 goals-against average 16 seasons with St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto, Detroit and Phoenix.

Side Note: I watched an episode of OTR a few months back in which Cujo said he would only play for either Phoenix or Toronto. He stayed true to his word, unfortunatly for leaf fans he’s staying in the desert.


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