Chris Chelios just can’t give it up. Seriously, the guy is incapable of leaving the ice for good.
The Blackhawks and Red Wings face each other for the first time this season tonight. That in itself is big news. Many expect the Hawks to seriously challenge the Wings for Western Conference domination this season, so going into Joe Louis Arena and picking off a win would be a nice step for the Hawks.
But the Chelios story won’t go away.
Chelios is a 47-year old defenseman that made a name for himself on Chicago’s blue line in the 90s and played 28 games with the Wings last year.
Now he’s expected to skate and possibly sign with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League in the next week.
Red Wings stud defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, for the record, thinks this is all a great idea.
Added Wings star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom: “He still has the drive and it’s amazing someone at his age still has the drive and the love of the game and wants to continue to play. All the power to him for still being able to play.
“He’s not playing as much as he used to when he was playing 30-plus minutes a night but he can still contribute to a team, especially with his leadership and what he can do in the lockerroom. He’s still tough to play against out there when you’re playing in your own zone.”
OK, I guess. If the guy can impress a NHL team enough to sign him then more power too him. Play until you’re 80 for all I care. I just don’t understand what good comes of signing a player that’s old enough to be Patrick Kane’s father. And then some.
If you’re going to give this kind of ice time to someone, give it to a young player that needs to develop. Is whatever “it” factor a guy like Chelios brings to the locker room really measurable? Maybe. Who knows? Maybe it’s just time for the guy to move on.