Flames agree to one-year deal with CuJo

Sportsnet.ca - Hockeycentral has confirmed the Calgary Flames have signed goaltender Curtis Joseph.

The 40-year-old goaltender agreed to terms on a US$1.5-million, one-year contract with the Flames on Monday, a source told The Canadian Press.

Since a little more than half of the season is already gone, he’ll earn about $650,000 for the rest of the year.

The Flames are looking to give their No. 1 goalie Miikka Kiprusoff an occasional breather in the second half of the season. Kiprusoff has started in 45 of 46 games with rookie Curtis McElhinney starting the other.

Joseph is not expected to join the club on their current three-game road trip. The veteran plans to meet the team in Calgary later in the week.

Joseph got the attention of NHL general managers with his strong performance in December as he led Canada to a Spengler Cup victory.

He was without an NHL contract this season after going 18-31-2 with a 3.91 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage with the Phoenix Coyotes last season.

Joseph has played for Flames coach Mike Keenan before when the two were with the St. Louis Blues.

In 16 seasons, Joseph has a record of 428-310-90 with a 2.76 GAA and 47 shutouts.

The New York Rangers were also believed to be in the running for Joseph’s services before he ultimately decided to join with the Flames.

– with files from The Canadian Press