Report: Red Wings Re-sign Chelios

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Chelios, the Detroit Free Press reported on Wednesday. The report stated that the 44-year-old signed a one-year contract worth $850,000.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is also working to bring back expected Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and forward Brendan Shanahan.

Detroit hopes to sign Lidstrom for around $7 million per season but the Tampa Bay Lightning's recent signing of Brad Richards to a salary cap maximum deal of $7.8 million annually could drive Lidstrom's value up. The Red Wings worry that they will be unable to upgrade in goal if Lidstrom's price is too high.

Shanahan is coming off a season where he made $2.28 million and had an offensive resurgance, scoring 40 goals. Teams could outbid Detroit for his services but he his rumored to only be interested in returning to the Red Wings or going to the Boston Bruins.

"I talked to Brendan in Latvia; we sat for a couple of hours," Holland said. "Brendan said he'll talk with his wife and his agent and get back to me. Then we'll decide if we're going to negotiate or if he wants to hit the market."

Also up in the air is the status of captain Steve Yzerman, who was expected to retire following this season but may be reconsidering after being one of Detroit's better players in their brief playoff run.

Of Yzerman, Holland said, "I've told him I don't need to know until the middle of June. When he feels he's made his decision, I'm sure he will call me. He is making a decision on his career. I want him to have all the necessary time, but there is a time frame, heading into the draft on the 24th of June, that I would like to know."

Holland's only offseason move other than the Chelios signing was to agree to a deal with Swedish goaltender Stefan Liv.

Liv, the alternate goalie for Sweden in both the Olympics and the World Championships, is expected to compete for a spot on the team but spend next season in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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i think defense was the real problem for detroit, too many small defense men, not enough scrappers

lilja i think was the best, chelios the worst, with no one doing anything amazing. trade/retire 2 minimum. lidstorm is good but 5.6 million good?

Jiri Fischer was greatly missed. and to a lesser extent i was sad to see darren mccarty leave

in nets... well im not going to say i saw any incredible saves and the percentage was bad, but they faced tough shots on opportunities that shouldnt have been allowed. soln:play offense for 30 games, see who can really stop shots, play 2 goalies in a game routinely, why isnt this done? never hear of a relief goalie i guess.

forwards, draper and shannahan id like to blame for lack of performance but thats not fair when no1 preformed.

yzerman, incredible player, incredible carreer, if he plays 1 more year ill be thrilled, if not ill still like detroit

Posted by xojoe on 5/17/2006 at 1:16 AM


Most people that I've seen (myself included) would switch Lilja and Chelios there. Lilja was a step behind through the playoffs and actually managed to drag Lidstrom down as the Oilers would manage to get the puck into the Detroit zone by going through Lilja's side of the ice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2006 at 7:03 AM


As long as you can keep stevie, even if he is on the bench he makes everyone around him better just by sheer presence

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2006 at 11:21 AM


i dont get to watch enough games to be very critical, but i was disapointed in the defense in general, if chelios is the leader he is not leading.

lidtrom id say is a fine offensive defensmen, but you need ppl on the penalty kill, or who can get the puck off the boards. or plain muscle the other team. lack of hitting was a real proplem, you know your going to get the penalities anyways, i say earn them. i dont mean be out right dirty, but i think we played far too clean. lets earn the penalties the refs give us anyways.

Posted by xojoe on 5/17/2006 at 9:37 PM


lets earn the penalties the refs give us anyways.

I love that line!Oh, and a belated <img src="<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2006 at 11:05 PM



Listen, does Detroit really need to improve on their defence?

Okay, maybe in a few areas on the line, but overall, maybe a few more sharp shooters up front can win alot of games in the new league.

That's what Ive seen thus far, anyway.

Posted by OriginalSix on 5/18/2006 at 6:33 AM


I think the only change we need to make is hitting. People should have to pay to cross the blueline

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/18/2006 at 2:32 PM


Agreed that people should have to pay to get into the Detroit zone, the problem is that it's tough to do that without giving up the transition game that the Wings had been so good at.

The Freep reports today that Cheli has been re-signed for next year. Since he came cheap, I've got no problem with it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/24/2006 at 9:01 AM


This is where we are missing somebody like Hatcher, While I agree that we don't need to sacrifice our transition game it would be nice to have somebody like Scott Stevens because the presence of a roughneck can buy you some more space.

By the way, does anyone miss Ken and Mickey?

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/24/2006 at 8:55 PM


After reading the Chelios signing article I have to agree with Yzerfan about him being on the ice till someone drags him off. However why does Shanny have an interest in Boston? They wern't even close to cup material this year. Does he desire to be the Captain? If he does and Stevie decides to retire, he has a good chance in Detroit. Will we keep Lidstrom? He is an icon with the Red Wings and I can't imagine him in another sweater. As far as the upgrade in goal that kid of a damned if you do damned if you don't because you lose the best defensman in the league if you upgrade in goal and you run the risk of another 1st round exit if you don't. In my opinion goal should be our priority but let's not lose our star players either. Any thoughts on a potential net minder?

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/28/2006 at 5:55 PM


Apparently Shanny's wife is from the Boston area and has family there, or something like that. And the Toronto papers always say he'd want to come home and sign with the Leafs (not that they don't say that about every player from the Toronto area).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/28/2006 at 6:16 PM


Toronto is just looking for a reason to get people on their bandwagon, BIG SURPRISE THERE!!! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/28/2006 at 9:41 PM


Well if it is a case of the boss having family in the Boston area it may be hard to stay in Detroit. He did say on XM radio that for the rest of his carrer he would only sign one year deals to keep his options open. If he retires with us he has a good chance of seeing #14 in the rafters at the Joe!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/28/2006 at 9:47 PM


look at edm and buffalo, both have relatively little talent, with large size, and young skaters.carrolina has a mix of young talent and veterans.

size and youth mix in with lax officiating=stanely cup finals.

some of the stuff these teams are getting away with is pretty bad ie lifting mask/net, hitting goalies and afew but not many unclean hits. basically the 2 most aggressive teams are left, buffalo and edm.

don cherry says u can just cycle the puck forever, big deal eventually u shoot it , this might work at defending a lead by hogging the puck time, but it wont neccesarily win u games. to win games u have to win battles for the puck after the shot, or the shoot in.

detroit has too little youth, too little size. they can make nice passes but they simply dont win enough battles in the boards. show me one good hit in the playoffs for detroit. i think one example of a weak call was a diving/roughing combo i mean common its one or the other. its pathatic when they try to call a game even in penalties when one team isnt earning them.

earn your penalties, where is probert

Posted by xojoe on 5/30/2006 at 2:10 AM


We may have too little youth and too little size but we have a whole lot of raw talent! Our only weak point is goal and some of our defense. Notice we were the only team not to be shut out the entire season. We need 3 things:



Kerry Fraisers retirement papers

You get that we are back in the finals

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Posted by SYfanSD on 6/3/2006 at 10:14 PM


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