May 25, 2006

Chelios to return to Red Wings: The ageless Chris Chelios set to come back for another season with the Red Wings. 23 seasons played ties him with Al MacInnis for second amongst defensemen.

posted by HATER 187 to hockey at 09:14 AM - 14 comments

Chelios looked baaaad against the Oilers. I'm a little surprised. I think he's going to have a harder time next year. But people seem to like him. He could probably still be useful.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:35 AM on May 25

Who cares about Chelio's return to the Red Wings. Meaby he should return the salaries he got pay as a Black Hawk.Many people got taken by his milion;s dollars deal. I have gone to many games as a Chicwgo fan I am still waiting foer his preoformance as a overpaid player

posted by r-fairbanks at 10:36 AM on May 25

Chris does look a bit out there and he has no offensive touch anymore. I just wish everyones favorite greek-American hockey player could bow out gracefully. Who cares about Chelio's return to the Red Wings. Obviously I do, and learn to spell the name of your own town (amongst other things)

posted by HATER 187 at 10:45 AM on May 25

r-fairbanks: Are you typing in Alaskan? CC looked pretty darn good all year except in the playoffs. I feel the loss of Fisher really hurt him. He carried the Wings defensively last year (When # 5 wasn’t on the ice) but seemed to run out of gas in the playoffs. He can still play. Life is funny, when he was in Chicago I HATED him. Now every once in a while I hang out with him. He is a great guy & gives a lot to the city of Detroit. I am glad the Wings brought him back. I assume that the folks in Chicago now feel like the fans in Detroit used too

posted by directpressure at 10:46 AM on May 25

Chelios wants to play one more year so he can play along side his son and grandson. Come on Chris it's time to hang the skates up.

posted by The Toz at 11:59 AM on May 25

We had a mention of Damon Allen in yesterday's Ricky Williams thread and now we are talking about Chelois. I have to get one of those "Old Guys Rule" license plate frames for my truck. I finally have something in common with professional athletes. Maybe I'll play some softball this weekend.

posted by Termite at 12:27 PM on May 25

He was still a +22 this season (on a nasty high scoring team but still) and he is a great positonal defender. He can't skate so well but he still can anticipate the play and make his move (even if it is in slow motion)

posted by HATER 187 at 12:31 PM on May 25

Im glad Chris is back for another year and for those people saying hes too old to play are just wishing they could be in his shoes hes a great hockey player(Dont you wish u were as good as him)

posted by sirtt22 at 12:34 PM on May 25

He was going to retire this summer, but then he heard the US Hockey Hall of Fame was shutting down, so he figured he'd keep playing until they opened up a new one just for him. Meaby he should return the salaries he got pay as a Black Hawk.Many people got taken by his milion;s dollars deal. I have gone to many games as a Chicwgo fan I am still waiting foer his preoformance as a overpaid player Winning two Norris Trophies (1992-93, 1995-96) as a Blackhawk isn't good enough for you? Sheesh!

posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on May 25

Dude, you totally got 'sheeshed.' In Canadian, no less.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:32 PM on May 25

I still recall him on the local radio station saying"i'd never leave Chicago and go to the rivals".Soon after he left his restaurant seemed to slowly diminish.Then he goes to the Wings and play's like he never did in Chicago.He was like a new player.I know,money and all that but he could of did better here and gave us our money's worth.

posted by at 01:56 PM on May 25

Norris Trophies won in Chicago: 2 Norris Trophies won in Detroit: 1 Number of seasons, 40+ points in Chicago: 7 Number of seasons, 40+ points in Detroit: 0 Number of Stanley Cup Final Appearances, Chicago: 1 Number of Stanley Cup Final Appearances, Detroit: 1 I'm thinking you are taking his "rejection" of Chicago a bit too seriously if you really believe that he was significantly better in Detroit than in Chicago.

posted by grum@work at 02:38 PM on May 25

Chelios only appeared to perform better in Detroit. When you have a surrounding ensemble like that in Detroit, everyone looks better. You can't measure Chelios' accomplishments by the success (or lack thereof) of his team. I miss Cheli in Chicago but do not fault him for going to a dominant team. Christ, look at the Hawks now. Who can blame him? As long as Wirtz has a stranglehold on that team, I wouldn't wish playing on that team on my worst enemy. Anyhow, good on Chelios for going another round.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:02 PM on May 25

I for one am glad that he is coming back for another year. His offensive side of the game has lacked for a couple of years now, but his defensive skills are some of the best in the game. Well, except for the playoffs, that is. But Cheli is in better shape than 90% of the league, and 100% of the league would agree with me on that assessment. Here is one article on how much of a workhorse he is. I hated the guy in Chicago, but love him here in Detroit. If opposing players and fans don't hate him, than he's not doing his job. He brings decades of wisdom to a team -- just ask Jiri Fischer. Before Fisch's heart condition sidelined him, he credited his "better all-around game" to Chelios. His first priority is defense, anything else is just a bonus. I can't think of a better D-Man for my penalty kill, except for Lidstrom.

posted by wingnut4life at 03:40 PM on May 25

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