August 18, 2009
Chelios asks Leafs for a job
By STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA
WOODRIDGE, Ill. -- Chris Chelios asked the Toronto Maple Leafs for a job yesterday -- and he wasn't talking about off the ice.
And he wasn't kidding, either.
Chelios asked coach Ron Wilson, with whom he is working at the U.S. Olympic hockey orientation camp, if the Leafs were in the market for a veteran defenceman.
"Do you guys have room in Toronto?" Chelios asked Wilson, who was not at all surprised by the question.
"He still wants to play," Wilson said.
Chelios, 47, did not have his contract renewed by the Red Wings after 10 seasons in Detroit but isn't ready to pack it in after 1,644 NHL games.
"You can make an argument that he's the greatest American player of all time," Wilson said. "I know some people will say (Pat) Lafontaine and some will say (Mike) Modano. But Chelios is a true warrior, he's been around for all the great battles."
Chelios is at the U.S. camp, not trying out as a player, but as part of general manager Brian Burke's advisory staff.
He would like to play for the Leafs and the Olympic team but won't end up playing for either.
Defence just happens to be the one area where the Leafs may not need help.