Blast from the past, Maple Leafs bring back goalie Curtis Joseph

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs have turned to a familiar face to fill their backup goaltending vacancy.

Curtis Joseph has returned to the Maple Leafs after signing a US$700,000, one-year deal.

The 41-year-old enjoyed his finest seasons in blue and white, twice leading Toronto to the Eastern Conference final between 1998 and 2002.

Joseph broke into tears at a news conference when he announced he was leaving the Leafs to sign with Detroit in July 2002. He returns now to serve as Vesa Toskala’s backup.

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Joseph sat out most of last season before signing with the Calgary Flames and putting up a 3-2-0 record in nine regular-season appearances. He also got into two playoff games.

The veteran goalie has appeared in 922 NHL games for St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto, Detroit, Phoenix and Calgary.