Thrashers sign Chelios

The Thrashers have signed defenseman Chris Chelios, the team announced Tuesday.

Chelios, 48, has been playing for the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate in Chicago this season, although he was not property of the Thrashers. He signs with the Thrashers as an unrestricted free agent. He appeared in 44 games for the Wolves this season with five goals and 16 assists. He was also a plus-35.

Chelios must clear waivers, which the Thrashers will know by noon Wednesday. If he is not claimed by another team, he will  remain in Chicago. However, he will be available to the Thrashers.

According to GM Don Waddell, Chelios gives the team veteran depth in case of injury.

“You never know,” Waddell said when asked the likelihood that Chelios is called up. “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.”

Over his 25-year NHL career, Chelios won three Stanley Cups. He  scored  948 points (185 goals, 763 assists) and 2,891 penalty minutes in 1,644 career games with the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Canadiens.  In a NHL-record 266 career playoff games, Chelios has 144 points (31 goals, 113 assists)

He won the Stanley Cup with Montreal (1986) and twice with Detroit (2002 and 2008).

Other notes of interest from morning skate prior to tonight’s game against Panthers.

* Johan Hedberg will get the start in goal.

*It looks like Christoph Schubert will return on defense after suffering a knee injury and missing past 13 games. Slava Kozlov and Mark Popovic will be the scratches.

*The inclement weather in Atlanta is hindering the arrival of newly-acquired Evgeny Artyukhin. He was not at the team’s morning skate and may not arrive today from Anaheim.

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March 2nd, 2010
8:40 pm

Enter your comments hereDwayne

right on
there are alot of idiots on this blog…..
Who hate hockey and should get lost
GO Thrahers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We love you and you all will be here a long time
not moot a…..

ATL Flames Fan

March 2nd, 2010
9:18 pm

Just remember, just a few years ago, it was the Hawks that were the train wreck, completely off the ATL radar screen, and playing in a mostly-empty Philips Arena. If this ownership group can get rid of their incompetent GM, and bring in some talent, things could change quickly…and for the better….Go Thrashers !!!


March 2nd, 2010
9:23 pm


March 2nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Decent effort tonight. No turtle shell in the 3rd with a two-goal lead. PK looked good. PP still needs to work on its timing, but it’s coming along……B+


March 2nd, 2010
9:39 pm

Two needed regulation points on home ice! Well done Thrashers. Johan Hedberg was barely within safety zone with two goals surrendered. Three are the maximum number a goaltender in a playoff chase can afford to allow. Home guys started out on fire with two quick tallies. Score was later deadlocked. Thrashers regained lead then added insurance marker. Team defense was solid on a couple of two skater disadvantages. Moose tried to score a goal near the end! Too bad it did not work out big fellow. Overall a workmanlike performance. Not overpowering but efficient. Like the way these guys are hustling since two cancers removed. Like to see them keep up work ethic down stretch. The playoffs will then take care of themselves. Nice to see a TEAM on the ice! Peace. ++STENDEC++


March 2nd, 2010
10:06 pm

If Chelios was so good, he wouldn’t have been available, end of story.

Just another laffer in the long line of D-Wad jokes.

Instead of me “lacing em up”, let’s try something that actually makes sense:

Why don’t YOU stop being a blind homer and get a clue?


March 2nd, 2010
10:18 pm

This would have been a great move if Chelios were signed by the Thrashers about 8 years ago. I guess it can’t hurt anything, although I sort of wish Chris had retired. It’s kind of sad to see former great players, of any sport, tooling around in the minor leagues, especially at 48. I do wish him all the good luck in the world.

Yung JB from MTL

March 2nd, 2010
10:27 pm

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March 2nd, 2010
10:56 pm

Aw, c’mon Bugman…Jump out there and show Chelios how he’s “no good”. He’d drag you around like a ragdoll, leaving a sh!t streak all over the ice behind you. I’m not blind…I’m not a homer…I got extra clues for sale. Maybe I can set you up with a few?

Too many penalties tonight, but 7 PKs in a row!! Vokoun didn’t start?!? We left some goals out there too…I think it was Thor who had an EZ tap in and he whiffed on it. But we had A LOT of quality shots and sooner or later those start dropping in. Some of the guys played very well and some looked a little rusty. Probably to be expected with a 2-week break…

Somewhat sparse crowd at Philips, except for 300 & 400s….But the freak snowstorm clearly kept more than a few off the roads and Tuesday nights aren’t crowd generators anyway, even for the Hawks. Got my NHL fix (finally) and we picked up 2 pts. HUMAN BOWLING after the 2nd period…That’s a new one, huh?

Overall nice way to start March…..Can’t wait to see what happens around the league tomorrow!!


March 2nd, 2010
11:52 pm

Chris V., my post is in the spam filters. The replay of this game is airing right now. The 2nd period is about to start.


March 2nd, 2010
11:58 pm


March 3rd, 2010
12:23 am

OK. Make It Four is pretty funny.


March 3rd, 2010
1:49 am

ok stendec two cancers removed but two fatal cancers here – asg and your friend donny, grow up stendec fyi nj won tonight cancer got goal and assist.


March 3rd, 2010
6:16 am

Shannahan to the Thrashers per TSN


March 3rd, 2010
7:09 am

The “Knights” thing is absolutely idiotic and disrepectful. STOP IT, YOU EFFIN MORONS.

As for Chelios, what are you clueless fools whining about? He’s staying in Chicago as an insurance policy, he’s not coming up to take minutes from the big club now. Can’t you people read?

And another thing….STOP with the “this team will be in Winnipeg next year” nonsense. They CAN NOT leave contractually for a number of years, get to know your facts before you spout off.

“Better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to put fingers to keyboard and remove all doubt”


March 3rd, 2010
7:20 am

And besides, what have those of you who are writing this team off been watching?? They are a point out of the playoffs with a couple games in hand on most teams, and have been on a roll since the Kovy trade. I said at the time that trade might actually make this a better team…addition by subtraction. So far so good.


March 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

“Bob, do you still have that list of Defensemen Waddell has signed over the years? It’s time to add another to the list!”

Uwe Krupp, Richard Smehlik, Adam Burt, Todd Freakin’ Reardon, Chris Tamer, Karel Pilar, Petr Buzek, Chris Joseph, Vitaly Vishnevski, Sergei Vyshedkevich, Kevin Dean, Geordie Kinnear, David Harlock, Chris McAlpine, Darryl Shannon, Shane Hnidy, Maxim Galanov, Daniel Tjanqvist, Rumon Ndur, and last but not least, Chris Chelios (at 48 yrs old).

If it wasn’t all so sad, it’d be funny…


March 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

Tom, I couldn’t agree more. Thats why I started – tomorrow we will be celebrating “Winnipeg Day” or what the rest of the world calls THURSDAY. I hate all who bash the Thrash!


March 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

Bob, Thank you for the list. We may need to recall it at a future date, so keep it handy!

Emerald green couch

March 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

Another lost season.