Well, you have to look at other things like icetime, who he was playing against, and what his role was. I didn't watch him so I don't know how he looked.
He played alright. Not worth 6 million a year but he can still play in the NHL. The Chelios-Hatcher pairing looked ok in the first 2 games against the Flames. Then Chelios got hurt and Hatcher's lack of skating ability was exposed.
The issue is not whether he looked OK in the playoffs at age 42, but how he will look as old as age 44 by the time the NHL starts up again, training without having game situations. My guess is that he just retires.
Agreed, he was one of Detroit's bettter defenseman. Now that's not saying a whole lot, but he wasn't a problem like Fischer, Hatcher and a few others were.
Lidstrom, Schneider, Woolley, Rivers, Dandenault and Chelios all looked pretty good. Fischer was awful this season and Hatcher had difficulty because he was just coming off a long injury.
I think both Fischer and Hatcher will have something to prove next season, and haev good years. (Hopefully)
I think the Wings D will be even stronger next season (whenever that is)...They have to start re-tooling their offense though, they really need to add some size up front...players that play with grit and determination...because that's what was missing from the Wings these last 2 playoffs.
I'd like to see Chelios in a team like Columbus or Atlanta etc, to see how he plays without 3 other Norris Trophy caliber defensemen ahead of him. I think the offense has left him, but the defense is still there and he's got to be one hell of a presence on the ice for young players to look up too.. Of course, at that price it'll never happen.