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by Paul on 11/08/12 at 11:08 AM ET
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
“I’m still not quite sure what I want to do, as far as management or coaching,” Chelios said. “But right now I’m leaning in that (coaching) direction. To learn from Blash and be around (assistant coach) Jimmy Paek, it’s a great way to get experience.
“It’s all new to me even though I played so many years. Coaching is just a whole different ballgame.”
Chelios currently works specifically on the Griffins penalty kill, which was tied for 20th in the AHL last season at 81.8 percent, and sharing his knowledge with the team.
Brendan Smith, considered the Red Wings top defensive prospects, said Chelios’ help has been invaluable.
“He’s been my mentor,” said Smith, who has worked with Chelios in Grand Rapids and brief stints in Detroit. “He’s a student of the game and arguably one of the best defensemen ever. So when he talks, I listen.
“It’s the little things – good pivots, good positioning, good stick work - and he knows all that stuff so well.”
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