Cujo gets No. 1 status... for now
For now, Curtis Joseph has re-established himself as the Detroit Red
Wings' No. 1 goalie. That's because the clubs' real No. 1 stopper,
Dominik Hasek, has suffered a groin injury and is listed as day-to-
Hasek is certain not to be in the lineup on Saturday when the Red
Wings visit Edmonton. It remains to be seen whether he's available
for games in Vancouver on Monday and Calgary on Tuesday, but it's
quite possible Hasek won't be healthy enough to get a start until
Nov. 8, when the Wings play host to Nashville in Detroit.
Joseph was in goalie for Detroit's 5-3 loss to Nashville Thursday
It remains to be seen how head coach Dave Lewis now employs the
tandem of Joseph and Manny Legace, but it opens the door for Joseph
to get a little more action and showcase himself to the league.
Ultimately, though, the trading of Joseph will be determined by
another club's need for a No. 1 netminder and, as of now, there's no
market for Joseph or any No. 1 goalie.
Hasek apparently injured his groin in Wednesday's loss to St. Louis,
a game in which the goalie was lifted in favour of Legace.