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08-14-2009, 03:41 PM
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Chelios turned down Rangers offer to play in Hartford but....(#118)

Rangers GM Glen Sather recently offered Chris Chelios an AHL contract to play in Hartford, but the veteran free agent defenseman rejected that offer to sign a deal with the Chicago Wolves in order to be closer to his family, The Post has learned.

“We’d talked a number of times over the summer, and I talked to Torts [head coach John Tortorella] at the U.S. Olympic evaluation camp, but they told me the Rangers were going in a different direction with their kids,” Chelios told The Post by phone. “I see that their guys are off to a good start, but if they’re looking for veteran help down the road, I’d love to play there.

“I appreciate the offer to play in Hartford, but I decided to sign with Chicago because that’s where my parents live, and it means a lot to me that they’ll be able to come see me play.”

Sather confirmed the contract offer but did not elaborateThis topic again
The AHL Wolf Pack did sign former Montreal and Detroit free agent defenseman Mathieu Dandenault to a professional tryout contract on Wednesday, but the Rangers are likely to monitor Chelios and other veteran candidates for the seventh blue line spot on the roster in addition to Dandenault.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad game at Madison Square Garden,” Chelios said. “If the Rangers need help and are interested, Chicago shouldn’t be too far away for them to come take a look.”

"I've talked to Cheli about it," Wings coach Mike Babcock said Thursday. "I think that's a good move for him. If you're playing you're a lot more attractive. Cheli doesn't mind playing in Chicago. He'd rather play with the other team. He wants to play in the NHL. Chicago gives him an opportunity in a town that he knows real well that gets him going and gets him playing. In this Olympic year with the condensed schedule, injuries are going to happen. Cheli is a guy who knows how to play and how to help your lockerroom and so to me he'll be a perfect fit for someone. But it will be better for him if he can get playing. He'll have a better opportunity to get picked up that way."

I was reading Ross McKeon's Power Rankings on Yahoo.

He brought up this

12. New York Rangers – Rumor has it Chris Chelios(notes) wants to play on Broadway. OK, he probably doesn’t have a lot left, but he is a coach on the ice and mentor in the dressing room a la Jeremy Roenick the last two years in San Jose

McLeon used to be the Sharks beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle before joining Yahoo sports as their NHL editor.

Larry Brooks wrote this two Sunday's ago

Chris Drury, a leader by example who takes every defeat personally and home with him, needed a senior veteran presence in the room last year to help deflect the pressure, responsibility and burden of his captaincy.

He still does.

Bouillon had his own injury issues last season with a groin injury.

If the Rangers need another voice in the room,who is that player? They don't get more senior and veteran than Chelios

Chelly would give the Rangers 4 right handed shots on defense. He would be great with the Rangers young defensemen in training camp and during the season.

Chelios made $750,000 last season. He has plenty of money. The Rangers could sign Chelly for a cheaper price then Bouillon.

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