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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chelios signs with AHL Wolves

Chris Chelios is back in Chicago. This time with the AHL's Wolves. The 47-year-old signed to play for the team, set to debut Monday.

Here's the Sportsnet story.

The Wolves earlier signed former Red Wings goalie Manny Legace.

Chelios was a tremendous leader in the Red Wings locker room. His value on the ice diminished in the past two seasons. He was amazing for a 45- and 46-year-old, but he was a weak spot for Detroit. One scout that I sat beside in the press box during the 2008 playoffs told me that he hoped that the Red Wings would play Chelios against his team. The Wings didn't and won that series.

"If you’re playing, you’re a lot more attractive (to an NHL team)," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "He wants to be in the NHL, but Chicago gives him an opportunity in a town he knows real well that gets him going and gets him playing. ... So when someone gets an injury, and they’re going to happen ... it’s an Olympic year, condensed schedule ... Cheli’s a guy who knows how to play, knows how to help your locker room. To me he’ll be a perfect fit for someone.’’

1 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Well that settles that. Chicago doesn't play us during the regular season, not once. So unless Hershey plays Chicago in the calder cup finals and he's in the AHL at the end of the season, it ain't gonna happen. Still possible, but even more fantastic than before.

Oh well, I'll still keep that Hextall jersey on hold just in case.

October 8, 2009 at 5:51 PM 

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