Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/22/09 at 08:08 PM ET
After a decade in Detroit and two Cups that should have been at least four, Chris Chelios is a Wing no longer.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland met with 47-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios this afternoon and, as expected, told him the club will not offer him a contract for next season, ending the future Hall of Famer’s 10-year career in Detroit.
“He’s been a tremendous Red Wing; we’ve done a lot of winning with him in a Red Wings uniform,’’ Holland said. “He wants to play again. I really think he can help somebody, playing 10-15 minutes,playing in the 5-6 (defense spot), killing penalties, as a mentor and a role model to younger player. That was a part of his legacy in Detroit.’‘
You know where he’s going. I know where he’s going. We’ll see you six times next year Cheli. No doubt the Hawk fans will cheer you just as loudly as they’ve booed you the last decade.
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