Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday!
This week in 1998 (July 15), the Toronto Maple Leafs signed free agent goalie Curtis Joseph.
CuJo, then 31, spent four years playing for the Leafs and became a fan favourite into the early 2000s. Over what was a four-year stint, Joseph notched a 133-88-27 record to go along with a .912 save percentage — his best with any team he played for in his career.
He backstopped some deep runs for the Leafs between 1998-2002 where he continued his great play. In 60 playoff games over those four years, he posted a 32-28 record and .919 save percentage.
Joseph left the Leafs in June 2002 when he was traded to the Calgary Flames for a 2003 3rd round pick and future considerations.
Joseph had stints in Detroit, Phoenix and Calgary before ultimately returning to Toronto in 2008-09. While Joseph struggled that year posting a 11-5-9 record and a .869 save percentage, he ended up retiring after not finding a home the following year.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation