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Goaltender bound for Wings' AHL team

DETROIT -- Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph is headed back
to the minors.

Joseph cleared waivers Friday and has been assigned to the Grand
Rapids Griffins, Detroit's AHL affiliate.

When Dominik Hasek ended his retirement in July, the Red Wings
tried to trade Joseph. So far, no team has wanted to take the rest
of his two-year, $16 million contract.

The Red Wings have played this season with Hasek, Joseph and
Manny Legace, one of the league's top backup goalies.

Joseph signed with Detroit before the 2002-03 season to improve
his chances of winning his first Stanley Cup after playing 13
seasons with St. Louis, Edmonton and Toronto.

He had a 2.08 goals-against average in the first round of the
playoffs when the Red Wings were eliminated by Anaheim. That
followed an inconsistent regular season in which Joseph won 15 of
his last 19 regular-season games to finish 34-19-6.