Chris Chelios Not Offered a Contract by the Red Wings

Kevin LeeContributor IJune 22, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 12:  Chris Chelios #24 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up before playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) and the Detroit Free Press are reporting that Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will not offer 47-year-old defenceman Chris Chelios a contract to return to the team for the 2009-10 NHL season.

"I met with Chelios and told him we would not be offering him a contract," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "He wants to play again. I really think that he does have another year in him. I think he can play 10 to 15 minutes. I think he can play on a third pair."

This past season, Chelios missed 52 games due to a fractured right tibia injury and appeared in only 28 games. In the playoffs, he was a healthy scratch for most of the Red Wings march to the Stanley Cup Finals with the exception of six games.

While Chelios could undoubtedly play another season of NHL hockey, it is highly unlikely that he would relocate his family to another city so he could play maybe one more year of hockey. He is also the owner of three restaurants in Michigan.

However, if Chelios does decide to continue his career, the Chicago Blackhawks could be a possible suitor. Chelios played for the Blackhawks from 1990 to 1999 and served as captain from 1995 to 1999. The young Blackhawks could be seeking leadership, and that is something Chelios could provide.