Red Wings sign Chelios to one-year contract Staff

9/9/2008 9:58:17 PM

The Detroit Red Wings will have Chris Chelios back in the fold, as the club signed the 46-year-old blueliner to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Tuesday.

Chelios had three goals and 12 points in 69 regular-season games for the Wings in 2007-08.

However, due to nagging injuries, he was limited to zero points in 14 games and did not skate at all in the six-game Stanley Cup Finals as the Wings topped Pittsburgh.

While he's returning for his 25th season, Chelios knows and has accepted limited role for the upcoming season.

"Obviously in my situation and age, and being on the best team in the league - you have some young guys on the team that you have to play or you're going to lose them - so I understand the situation and I love playing here," Chelios was quoted on the team's website. "My role, I've accepted that, so I'll make the best of it.

"I guess I can say I'm a survivor because I'm still here at this age. But things change quick in this game. We'll start the season and I'll make the best of it and work hard."

Chelios is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, capturing the silver with Montreal in 1986 and with Detroit in 2002 and last season. Internationally, the Chicago native has played for USA Hockey four times in the Olympics (1984, 1998, 2002, 2006).

The club also announced the signing of defenceman Kyle Quincey.  Terms of the two-year deal weren't released.

Quincey appeared in six games for Detroit during the 2007-08 season and has played in 13 NHL games over the past three seasons.  He also appeared in 13 postseason games for the Red Wings during the 2007 playoffs. 

In 66 games with Grand Rapids last year, Quincey registered 20 points on 5 goals and 15 assists, and led the Griffins with 149 penalty minutes.