The Red Wings announced today that Chris Chelios will return to the team for his 25th NHL season.
Chelios agreed to accept a lesser role this season, noting that many of the younger defensemen – namely Brett Lebda, Kyle Quincey, Derek Meech and Jonathan Ericcson – need more ice-time.
“The only difference is that guys have to play. It’s understandable,” Chelios said. “But when you watch and see what happened with Brett Favre – and I don’t put myself in the same class as him by no means – but that’s the nature of the beast. For now, I’m happy to be back, and I’m looking forward to another great year.”
Thanks to George Malik for pointing it out.
Additionally, the Red Wings announced that the team had resigned restricted free agent Kyle Quincey. As per club policy, terms of the two-year deal were not announced.