CALGARY – Curtis Joseph is headed back to the NHL.
The 40-year-old goaltender agreed to terms on a US$1.5-million, one-year contract with the Calgary 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.
A Flames spokesman would not confirm the signing Monday and said the team had no announcement at this point.
Joseph, who led Canada to a Spengler Cup title late last month, is one NHL victory shy of tying Terry Sawchuk for fourth all-time on the goalie career win list at 447.
Joseph went 18-31-2 with a 3.19 goals-against average and .893 save percentage with the Phoenix Coyotes last season.
He’s 446-341-95 in 913 NHL regular-season games with St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto, Detroit and Phoenix.
The Flames need to give star No. 1 goalie Miikka Kiprusoff a breather once in a while in the second half of the season. He’s started in 45 of 46 games while rookie Curtis McElhinney has started just once.
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.