Chelios eyes spot on Leafs D
STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA
Chris Chelios asked the 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 Detroit Red Wings but isn’t ready to pack it in.
“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 as part of general manager Brian Burke’s advisory staff.