Bure, Joseph available in NHL Waiver Draft
Pavel Bure and Curtis Joseph are among the stars available in Friday's NHL Waiver Draft.
Bure, 32, was left unprotected by the New York Rangers because he is sidelined with a career-threatening right-knee injury.
Despite off-season surgery, the Russian Rocket failed his training-camp physical and has yet to resume skating.
Bure had 19 goals and 11 assists for 30 points in 39 games last season.
A two-time 60-goal and three-time 50-goal sniper, he has 437 goals and 779 points in 702 games over 12 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and Rangers.
Bure's $10-millon US contract is guaranteed and fully insured, meaning the Rangers or any team willing to draft him would be reimbursed 80 per cent if he cannot play.
The Detroit Red Wings have been trying to trade Joseph, 36, since Dominik Hasek decided to come out of retirement in July.
Detroit is hoping Joseph's hefty contract -- he has two years and $16 million US remaining -- will dissuade teams desperate for a No. 1 netminder.
Otherwise, they risk receiving nothing in return.
Joseph re-joined the Red Wings on Monday after taking six weeks to recover from minor ankle surgery.
"It is an uncomfortable situation for myself and Dom and management," Joseph said. "My private thoughts have been expressed to management in the proper forum."
Joseph posted a 34-19-6 record with a 2.49 goals-against average and five shutouts in 61 games for the Red Wings in 2002-03.
But he wound up outplayed by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
A 15-year NHL veteran, Joseph is 380-279-87 with 41 shutouts, a 2.76 GAA and .908 save percentage in 767 games with the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Red Wings.
"I'm looking forward to the next destination," he said.
Other notables left unprotected include, in alphabetical order: goaltenders Brian Boucher (Phoenix), Milan Hnilicka (Los Angeles), Arturs Irbe (Carolina) and Steve Shields (Boston); defencemen Karl Dykhuis (Montreal), Janne Laukkanen (Phoenix), Chris Therien (Philadelphia), Mattias Timander (Islanders) and Patrick Traverse (Montreal); and forwards Mariusz Czerkawski (Islanders), Alexandre Daigle (Minnesota), Theoren Fleury (Chicago), Todd Harvey (San Jose), Claude Lemieux (Dallas), Robert Reichel (Toronto) and Brian Savage (Phoenix).
The 14 teams failing to make the playoffs last season are guaranteed first-round picks, but cannot claim players within their own division.
All 30 teams can pick players in the second round.
No team can lose more than three players in the draft.
Below are the protected lists and players made available by Canadian-based NHL teams:
Protected Chris Clark, F; Craig Conroy, F; Robert Dome, F; Shean Donovan, F; Andrew Ference, D; Denis Gauthier, D; Martin Gelinas, F; Josh Green, F; Jarome Iginla, F; Dave Lowry, F; Toni Lydman, D; Dean McAmmond, F; Krzysztof Oliwa, F; Robyn Regehr, D; Steve Reinprecht, F; Jesse Wallin, D; Rhett Warrener, D; Stephane Yelle, F; Andrei Trefilov, G; Roman Turek, G.
Available Garett Bembridge, F; Petr Buzek, D; Matt Davidson, F; Jason Morgan, F; Martin Sonnenberg, F; Brad Werenka, D; Jamie McLennan, G.
Protected Eric Brewer, D; Jason Chimera, F; Mike Comrie, F; Cory Cross, D; Radek Dvorak, F; Scott Ferguson, D; Shawn Horcoff, F; Ralph Intranuovo, F; Brad Isbister, F; Georges Laraque, F; Ethan Moreau, F; Fernando Pisani, F; Marty Reasoner, F; Jason Smith, D; Ryan Smyth, F; Steve Staios, D; Mike York, F; Alexander Zhurik, D; Ty Conklin, G; Tommy Salo, G.
Available Adam Bennett, D; Kari Haakana, D; Michael Henrich, F; Chad Hinz, F; Jan Horacek, D; Fredrik Lindquist, F; Dan Smith, D; Rocky Thompson, F; Jamie Wright, F; Sergei Yerkovich, D; Steve Valiquette, G.
Protected Donald Audette, F; Francis Bouillon, D; Patrice Brisebois, D; Jan Bulis, F; Andreas Dackell, F; Gordie Dwyer, F; Joe Juneau, F; Chad Kilger, F; Saku Koivu, F; Andrei Markov, D; Yanic Perreault, F; Stephane Quintal, D; Mike Ribeiro, F; Craig Rivet, D; Sheldon Souray, D; Niklas Sundstrom, F; Jason Ward, F; Richard Zednik, F; Mathieu Garon, G; Jose Theodore, G.
Available Francois Beauchemin, D; Sylvain Blouin, F; Pierre Dagenais, F; Karl Dykhuis, D; Benoit Gratton, F; Miloslav Guren, D; Patrick Traverse, D; J-F Damphousse, G; Eric Fichaud, G.
Protected Daniel Alfredsson, F; Radek Bonk, F; Zdeno Chara, D; Mike Fisher, F; Martin Havlat, F; Shane Hnidy, D; Marian Hossa, F; Curtis Leschyshyn, D; Chris Neil, F; Chris Phillips, D; Karel Rachunek, D; Wade Redden, D; Peter Schaefer, F; Petr Schastlivy, F; Bryan Smolinski, F; Shaun Van Allen, F; Vaclav Varada, F; Todd White, F; Patrick Lalime, G; Martin Prusek, G.
Available Dennis Bonvie, F; Wade Brookbank, F; Daniel Corso, F; Denis Hamel, F; Jody Hull, F; Josh Langfeld, F; Joe Murphy, F; Christer Olsson, D; Serge Payer, F; Andy Schneider, F; Peter Smrek, D; Andrew Allen, G.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Protected Nik Antropov, F; Wade Belak, F; Aki Berg, D; Tie Domi, F; Tom Fitzgerald, F; Ric Jackman, D; Tomas Kaberle, D; Ken Klee, D; Bryan Marchment, D; Bryan McCabe, D; Alexander Mogilny, F; Joe Nieuwendyk, F; Owen Nolan, F; Nathan Perrott, F; Mikael Renberg, F; Gary Roberts, F; Mats Sundin, F; Darcy Tucker, F; Ed Belfour, G; Trevor Kidd, G.
Available Lonny Bohonos, F; Harold Druken, F; Maxim Galanov, D; Aaron Gavey, F; Travis Green, F; Josh Holden, F; Brad Leeb, F; Marc Moro, D; Robert Reichel, F; Mike Minard, G.
Protected Magnus Arvedson, F; Todd Bertuzzi, F; Artem Chubarov, F; Matt Cooke, F; Ed Jovanovski, D; Trevor Linden, F; Mats Lindgren, F; Marek Malik, D; Brad May, F; Brendan Morrison, F; Markus Naslund, F; Mattias Ohlund, D; Jarkko Ruutu, F; Sami Salo, D; Daniel Sedin, F; Henrik Sedin, F; Jiri Slegr, D; Brent Sopel, D; Dan Cloutier, G; Johan Hedberg, G.
Available Nolan Baumgartner, D; Tyler Bouck, F; Johan Davidsson, F; Dallas Eakins, D; Pat Kavanagh, F; Zenith Komarniski, F; Darren Langdon, F; Chris Nielsen, F; Jaroslav Obsut, D; Ryan Ready, F; Leif Rohlin, D; Vadim Sharifijanov, F; Tyler Moss, G.
with files from CP Online