Best Detroit Red Wings Players By Number: #31-40

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The Detroit Red Wings have a storied history as an Original Six Franchise. Many have worn the Winged Wheel on the front of the sweater and shared a number with another on the back. Some of those numbers hang proudly in the rafters. Others are forgotten and given to the next person on the roster.

Over the next week and a half, Octopus Thrower will write up the greatest names to wear every number (where applicable). Today we continue with #’s 31-40.

Dec 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings former forward Mickey Redmond (20) shoots on Toronto Maple Leafs former goalie Curtis Joseph (31) during the Alumni Showdown as part of the Winter Classic at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

#31: Curtis Joseph

“Cujo” was signed as a free agent for the Detroit Red Wings to begin the 2002-2003 season. Coming off a Stanley Cup Championship the year before, Curtis Joseph was expected to bring an elite ability at the goaltender position and the experiment really did not pay off as Joseph did not surpass expectations in Detroit even though he did help the team win a division title in 2002-2003 before being swept by the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks.

Other Notables Who Wore #31: Joey MacDonald, Ken Wregget

Currently Worn By: None

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