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Old man Chelios can't give it up

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OldmanCheli.jpg I rolled my eyes with disgust this afternoon when I saw that former Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios is considering signing on to be a player/coach with the Wolves.

Chelios is 47 years old and he'll turn 48 in January. He is an unrestricted free agent after the Detroit Red Wings declined to offer him a contract after last season. Chelios barely played during Detroit's run to the Stanley Cup Finals. The fact that the Wings had no interest in bringing him back is a pretty clear indication that Cheli is done. He needs to retire.

I hate watching formerly great players hang on years after they can no longer play at a high level. Chelios is a Hall of Famer. He has nothing left to prove on the ice. I think it would be cartoonish for him to be out there clowning around with an AHL team.

If he wants to help coach the Wolves, good for him. But if Chelios continues playing, I fear he'd be making a fool out of himself.

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Can we accept the fact that maybe he likes the game so much that he is willing to play in the AHL? Is that hard to do? I am amused at the hatred towards Chelios by Blackhawks fans because he was a Detroit Red Wings.

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