The Coyotes added one of the final pieces to their 2005-06 roster Wednesday when they signed 38-year-old free agent goalie Curtis Joseph to a one-year contract.
Joseph, who agreed to a base salary of about $1 million with an incentive package that could push the total toward $1.5 million, will be in the running along with Brian Boucher to be Phoenix's starter.
"By signing him, I think it brings respect to our team," said Boucher, 28. " Now we've got a veteran guy and a younger guy like myself.
"I think we'll be a great tandem."
Joseph, who couldn't be reached for comment, brings 15 years of experience and a career record of 396-289-90 with 43 shutouts and a 2.75 goals-against average.
"I look forward to working with him," Boucher said. "He's a guy that you can learn from, pick his brain apart. With that amount of success, he's someone you want to get as much out of as possible to learn."
In Phoenix, Joseph will be reunited with assistant coach Barry Smith and forward Brett Hull. Joseph, Smith and Hull were all with Detroit from 2002-04, and Joseph and Hull were also teammates in St. Louis from 1989-95.
"He's the ultimate pro," Smith said. "He's a team person, and he's got the experience of being there so he gives us a lot of stability."
In 2003-04, ankle injuries and a logjam at his position limited Joseph to only 31 regular season games. He posted a 16-10-3 record with two shutouts and a 2.39 goals-against average. But he was Detroit's starter in the postseason and led the Red Wings to the second round of the playoffs, where they lost to eventual Western Conference champion Calgary.
Joseph did not play during the lockout. He has been working out this summer and is reportedly back to full strength.
"He told me he feels 100 percent healthy," general manager Mike Barnett said.
LOOSE PUCK: Paul Coffey, who has been a special teams consultant with Phoenix since 2002, will have his number (7) retired by the Oilers on Oct. 18 when the Coyotes make their first trip of the season to Edmonton. Coffey, considered one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the game, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.