Veteran defenceman Chris Chelios has been snapped up by the Atlanta Thrashers.
The 48-year-old has spent 25 seasons in the National Hockey League and was released by the Detroit Red Wings after last season. He went on to spend time with the Thrasher’s affiliate Chicago Wolves in the AHL and posted 21 points in 44 games.
Chelios has appeared in 266 playoff games, an NHL record, and has won three Stanley Cups in his career.
With the Thrashers just two points out of a playoff spot, they’re clearly looking for a boost in the locker room from Chelios. Having traded away Ilya Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils in the beginning of February, the move appears to be one geared towards arming Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom with a mentor with playoff experience.
It’s clear that the Thrashers haven’t given up on their post-season hopes, but whether Chelios is the type of player that can help them actually get to the playoffs remains to be seen.
Terms of the Chelios signing were not disclosed.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.