Former Red Wings Defenseman Chris Chelios Signs with Atlanta…What?!?

March 2nd, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Last summer, Chris Chelios made it clear that, though he was soon to be 48 years old, he had every intention of playing in the NHL in 2009-10.

He had no takers in the offseason after being told he would not be back with the Red Wings.

He eventually signed with the AHL's Chicago Wolves and made no secret about his desire to, hopefully, make a homecoming to his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Well, Chelios is now headed back to the NHL, but not with his hometown Blackhawks, but a bird of a different feather, the Atlanta Thrashers.

Yeah, the Atlanta Thrashers.

The move is curious to say the least.

While Chelios is still in outstanding shape and has 21 points and a plus-35 rating in 44 games played with the Wolves, he's not the first veteran NHL player that comes to mind when considering who could help you make a strong push for the playoffs.

Especially when you've just traded your best player.

Still, Atlanta is only two points out of the eighth seed in the East, so GM Don Waddell might be thinking a veteran leader with a string of championships will be sufficient to give his team the ...

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