Reuters - Tue, 02 Mar 23:52:00 2010
The Atlanta Thrashers have given 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios a chance to possibly play in the NHL again.
The 11-time All-Star has signed a contract with the Thrashers and could be called up from the American Hockey League if needed, general manager Don Waddell said.
"You never know," Waddell said when asked about the possibility of Chelios joining the Thrashers.
"We have a busy schedule. When you go into a run like this, you like to have 10 defenseman in case you get a couple of injuries."
Terms of Chelios's contract were not released. He has played 44 games with the Chicago Wolves, the Thrashers' American Hockey League affiliate, this season and will remain with the Wolves once he clears waivers.
Chelios won two Stanley Cup titles with the Detroit Red Wings (2002 and 2008) and another with the Montreal Canadiens (1986). He also played with the Chicago Blackhawks and was a member of four US Olympic teams (1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006).
If he returns to the NHL, he would be the oldest player in the league this season.
Gordie Howe holds the record for the oldest to compete in the NHL. He played for the Hartford Whalers during the 1979-80 season at the age of 52.