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Chelios discusses Wisniewski, Avery and more on 'OTR'

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TSN.ca Staff
10/12/2010 8:08:18 PM
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On Tuesday, Chris Chelios appeared on Off the Record, weighing in on Monday's incident during which the Isles' James Wisniewski made a lewd gesture towards Rangers forward Sean Avery, landing Wisniewski a two-game suspension for his actions.

"I'd expect that from (Avery) maybe, not Wisniewski," Chelios said with a laugh. "(Avery) must have gotten underneath his skin enough that he just kind of probably lost it for a second and made the gesture and now he's probably wishing he never did."

Chelios recalled living in close quarters with Avery when they were both playing for the Motor City Mechanics during the NHL lockout.

"I love the kid, and by the same token, during the lockout, he was living with me and it took me two weeks to kick him out of my house because he turned my house upside down," Chelios said. "He had everybody hating each other within two weeks. I can see how he would get under your skin. He could be the greatest guy and then all of a sudden the other guy switches in and you want to kill him."

Chelios told Landsberg that the 30-year-old Avery did have some very redeeming qualities, including how well he interacted with children and his participation at hockey schools.

Chelios, a Chicago native, also discussed his new role as advisor to Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

"It's nothing like playing," Chelios told host Michael Landsberg. "I'm really lucky in a sense that I got to stay with the organization here that I'd been with for 10 or 11 years, so that really helps a lot with the transition of retirement, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to play. There's nothing like playing. The next best thing is still being in the rink, still coming down to the room and working with the guys that I played with."

The 48-year-old spoke about the challenges of his new office job after so many years on the ice.

"I played so long I don't think I can ever act like a suit. I'll always have the mentality of a player," said Chelios, who played from 1983 to 2010. "I played the game so long, I thought I knew everything about the game. I think on the ice I might, but when it comes to off the ice...there's a lot of thought process here and basically I'm just trying to get information and figure out how everything works and go from there."

Chelios was selected 40th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. The veteran defenceman played 1,651 career regular season games and 268 playoff games with the Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Thrashers.

Chris Chelios (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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