Curtis Joseph Signing: Cujo Lands in Calgary

Dino MoriAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2008

The Calgary Flames gave a dog his due today. The team announced they have signed 40-year old netminder Curtis "Cujo" Joseph as insurance for Miikka Kiprusoff. 

Kiprusoff has started all but one game this season in net for the Flames. 

Joseph let general mangers know that he wanted to return to the NHL when he helped Team Canada win gold at the Spengler Cup last month in Switzerland. 

Joseph chose Calgary, despite interest from the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, and his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.  "Cujo" played for the Leafs from 1998-2002 and enjoyed some of his greatest moments as a goalie. 

He has also had stops in St. Louis, Detroit, and more recently, Phoenix.

The Coyotes decline to resign Joseph last summer.

The signing of Joseph does raise a few questions for Flame fans such as will the move light a fire under Kiprusoffwho so far is having a sub-par year.

Earlier this season, Kiprusoff was called out by unforgiving bench boss "Iron" Mike Kennan following a Flames loss.

Keenan didn't pull back any punches with the media eitherhe publicly criticizing his star netminder on Kiprusoff's inconsistent play.

Will we see the Keenan goalie carousel?  Everyone knows Iron Mike likes to pull his goalies at an alarming rate.  And, by signing Joseph the option is now there.

The Flames currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with 52 points in 46 games.