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Joseph's play causing dilemma

Curtis Joseph has been a consummate team player for a team that twice put him on waivers.

Updated: January 7, 2004, 11:47 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Curtis Joseph has been the best and most reliable goalie for the Detroit Red Wings this season. Imagine how well he'd play if they planned to keep him.

While Detroit marched to the top of the Western Conference standings despite numerous injuries to key players, Joseph calmly provided solid goaltending. He's been a consummate team player for a team that twice put him on waivers and has been trying to dump him since Dominik Hasek unretired in the summer.

He's playing just like the Red Wings expected he would when they signed him to a three-year, $24 million contract with an option in the summer of 2002.


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