Another year. Yzerman looks pretty much done although he's still contributing a bit but Chelios is doing ok.
I remember reading that after the 2002 Stanley Cup he said he felt like he could play another 10 years.
If he can keep up this play I wouldn't mind him coming back for what he's getting now $850,000. Pretty sick he's still playing at 43. To give you an idea of how old he is, when the Miracle on Ice happened in 1980 he was 18. Just a year older and he might have been on team USA.
I tried telling people he still has it. Last year I saw him play a ton with the Motor City Mechanics and he put Hatcher to shame on a nightly basis. Cheli is an ideal 6th D-man. He can cope with limited ice time whereas a youngster would be stunted in that role, he is great on the PK, and he can step up into the top 4 as required. Chris even has decent speed still.
Barring the unforseen I think it's pretty likely Chelios will be back for at least one more year.
If he still wants to play, someone will have him on their team. The guy is a gamer. I never question is heart and desire, you just wait for his body and skills to breakdown. The guy is a marvel...I wouldn't mind him hanging around another year. I'd be stunned if Yzerman doesn't retire after this year...Chelios, on the other hand, I can see him playing again. He should be on the Olympic team this year...the Americans desperately need some toughness on defense.