Monday, January 14, 2008

Cujo joins Flames

The Fan590 here in Toronto is reporting that netminder Curtis Joseph has signed with Calgary.

UPDATE Sportsnet has confirmed this as a done deal.

As long as it's a one-year deal, this is a good move for the Flames, who desperately need a capable backup behind Miikka Kiprusoff.

What's going to be interesting is the relationship between Mike Keenan and his goaltenders, as the coach is notorious for playing mind games with them and has, in fact, done so previously with Cujo.

Joseph had an awful season last year with a bottom feeding Phoenix team, but was 32-21-3 with the Coyotes in 2005-06. He also showed at the Spengler Cup that he's kept himself in playing condition, and it seems plausible we see him in eight to 10 starts in the tail end of the season.

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18 Comments:

At 2:20 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Not a surprise, and won't exactly change the balence of power out west.
2) That said, it can give the Flames a bit of insurance against an injury and perhaps give Kipper the odd day off if CUJO plays to expectations

 
At 4:12 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Bob Clarke said: "When did Joseph become so damn good?"

 
At 4:23 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous keith said...

Meh.

The Flames had a capable backup... the team just never have McElhinney a chance. Cujo is going to get paid about $600k to watch hockey from a bench. Good deal. And if confidence in the backup helps in any small way, good deal. I guess.

 
At 4:49 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger McLea said...

who desperately need a capable backup behind Miikka Kiprusoff.

Why? It's not like he'll play anyway.

 
At 4:58 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Given the year Kiprusoff's had (i.e. not exactly Luongo or Nabokov), I'd bet Keenan would have found good use for another veteran netminder already this season.

 
At 5:06 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger Richard Pollock said...

In reality, I think this move probably hurts Kiprusoff's confidence more than anything.

 
At 5:10 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

Not likely. Kipper is still going to be starting 90% of our remaining games. An old-as-dirt backup won't change that anymore than a raw-rookie backup did.

 
At 6:34 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cujo can start the games against the Kings and Oilers so the Flames don't risk giving up ground to a playoff contender.

 
At 6:40 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Cujo can start the games against the Kings and Oilers so the Flames don't risk giving up ground to a playoff contender.

Because playing Kiprusoff guarantees you a win over the bottom-feeding likes of the Oilers.

Oh wait.

Besides, sacrificing any points, or even the perception of such, at all is suicide in the manufactured-parity world of the post-lockout NHL. Why do you think Keenan has started McElhinney exactly once this year? Clearly he feels he's sacrificing points in the standings to do so, so why the hell would he start Cujo in any game he thought he might lose?

 
At 6:47 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Well, I imagine Keenan feels Cujo's a better netminder than McElhinney, for one.

Kiprusoff's numbers are really not that impressive this season; I can envision a scenario where Joseph plays more than spot duty.

 
At 6:50 PM, January 14, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Well, I imagine Keenan feels Cujo's a better netminder than McElhinney, for one.

That was sort of indirectly my point. Clearly, Sutter wouldn't have done this if he knew his coach would never play the guy.

 
At 12:36 AM, January 15, 2008, Blogger Steve said...

How many goalies have played for both the Oilers and the Flames? Because I can think of three: Joseph, Fuhr, and Brathwaite.

I can think of three defensemen, too: Frank Musil, Steve Smith, and Michel Petit.

Can't think of a single forward.

From this we may conclude that the more defensive the position, the higher the likelihood of a given player playing for both the Flames and the Oilers. Or possibly we can't conclude anything, but I'm not going to say that after already typing all this out.

 
At 11:11 AM, January 15, 2008, Blogger Steal Thunder said...

Martin Gelinas off the top of my head...

 
At 12:22 PM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous keith said...

Albert Roloson is the fourth goalie to play for both.

 
At 1:11 PM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FRICKEN CUJO! He said he wants to play in Ontario. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers. Good for Cujo, btw. Hope they go far.

 
At 5:04 PM, January 15, 2008, Blogger Steve said...

Martin Gelinas off the top of my head...

Right - forgot he played for the Flames.

Albert Roloson is the fourth goalie to play for both.

What?

 
At 6:09 PM, January 15, 2008, Blogger Steve said...

Huh - I had no idea that Roli's first name was Albert. You learn something new some days. But I did know that he played for the Flames, so it really should have occurred to me to had him to the list.

So so far we're sitting at four goalies and four non-goalies to play for both teams. That seems disproportionate.

Wait, there's also Kenta Nilsson. That brings us to more skaters. Still, weird.

 
At 1:13 AM, April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As tonight's game vs. the Sharks proved... Cujo is one hell of a backup goalie.

 

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