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10-23-2009, 06:00 AM
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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 elaborate.
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.”

Sign him Slats.

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