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Chris Chelios in a Red Wing Uniform - Little Z

It's a pretty strange about popular sport icons and their team affiliations. I remember Chris Chelios as a Montreal Canadian and how I really enjoyed his play. Was a favorite player I enjoyed watching, then Mr. Chelios was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks. Now my dislike didn't happen immediately, but over time I really came to dislike him. Boom, March of 1999 the Red Wings made a trade for Chris Chelios and now I have to say he is my favorite all time player. Crazy the way one can have have such changes of the heart, just strange. The following brief history is from wikipedia.

The Montreal years: In 1984, he made the Montreal Canadians for good, and distinguished himself with his play. He earned a trip to the National Hockey League All-Star Game and was named to the 1985 NHL All-Rookie Team. He scored 64 points in 74 games, a high total for a defenseman, even in the higher-scoring 1980s. He came second to Mario Lemieux for the Calder Memorial Trophy. In the playoffs that year, he scored 10 points in 9 games, with a +17 plus/minus. Although he only played 41 games in the 1985-1986 season, he won his first Stanley Cup, playing in front of Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Roy.
Following two more good seasons, Chelios really broke out in the 1988-1989 season. He scored 73 points in 80 games at +35, was named to the All-Star First-Team, and won the James Norris Memorial Trophy. During that year's Wales Conference (now Eastern Conference) Finals series against the Philadelphia Flyers (which the Canadians won in six games), Chelios became reviled by Flyer fans for a hit on Brian Propp that left the Philadelphia winger with a concussion and forced him to miss the next game. For the remainder of the series, the Flyers vented their anger against Chelios until finally, late in Game 6, Flyer goaltender Ron Hextall whacked his stick and blocker pad at Chelios, apparently in retaliation for the hit.
After playing only 53 games in the next season (in which he served as co-captain, with Guy Carbonneau), on June 29, 1990, Chelios was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with a 2nd-round draft pick for Denis Savard, who is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Chicago years: In his first season with Chicago, he continued to score at his usual rate, tallying 64 points, and earned a spot on the Second NHL All-Star Team. Chelios would help lead the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Final in 1992, before being swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was in top form for the 1992-1993 season, scoring 73 points and won another Norris Trophy. During the 1994–95 NHL lockout he played for EHC Biel in the Swiss National League A.[1] In 1995–96, Chelios would have another great season for the Blackhawks, scoring 73 points and winning his third Norris Trophy. When the Summer of 1996 rolled around, he would help lead the United States to its biggest international hockey win since the 1980 Winter Olympics, beating Canada in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey final series and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Chelios was captain of the Blackhawks from 1995 to 1999.

The Detroit years: At 37, Chelios could still help teams with his veteran leadership and his largely-remaining talent. On March 23, 1999, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Anders Eriksson and two first-round draft picks. The move to Detroit, where he had fewer responsibilities and more skilled teammates, helped keep Chelios playing at close to his peak level. In 2002, his +40 plus/minus led the league, and he was again named to the First All-Star Team. He also led the United States hockey team to a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics, and was named to the Tournament's All-Star Team. His season culminated in the Red Wings' victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Finals, giving Chelios his second Stanley Cup. In 2004, because of the cancellation of the NHL season, Chelios, along with fellow Red Wing teammates Derian Hatcher and Kris Draper, decided to play hockey for the Motor City Mechanics, a UHL team based out of Fraser, Michigan. He was heavily criticized for this decision as the UHL has a maximum salary in place, but at the same time he was strongly against a salary cap in the NHL. In October 2004 he trained with the U.S. bobsled federation in a bid to compete for the Greek bobsled team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. While Chelios didn't compete in the bobsled, he did captain the USA hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. On August 4, 2005, the 43-year-old re-signed with the Red Wings for a one-year contract. On May 24, 2006, Chelios re-signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. On July 3, 2006, Chelios became the active leader for most games played upon the retirement of teammate Steve Yzerman. On April 21, 2007, he became the oldest defenseman to score a short-handed goal in the NHL in a playoff game against Calgary Flames. In the summer of 2009, the Red Wings announced they would not sign Chelios back for the 2009-2010 season. On October 12, 2009 it was announced that he signed a contract with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL in efforts to get another chance at playing in the NHL

Jam Master Ferg

RADICAL TRADE - Jam Master Ferg

This particular trade that I have made up in my mind seems to make a lot of sense for both teams as far as I can tell (this trade was conceived way before the man in question played so well in the Olympics). I know there would be a lot of hootin and hollerin by some of the folks in both towns but I feel that it would be beneficial to both teams. Anyway what I propose is a trade of Datsyuk, Howard, and someone like a Lilja or Williams if it takes it, to get Ryan Miller and either a first round pick or two, or a couple players/prospects. From the Detroit side you get arguably, if not outright fact, the best “young” goalie in the league whom you can depend on come playoff time especially. Not to mention the picks or players/prospects that will help in the long term and the opening for a player or players to step up and get more ice time. The added fact of the area ties would also be a plus. The salaries are also very close and could help out both teams in that area should they need it. From the Buffalo side you get a great player to help out your overall team game and a goalie that has a lot of promise and could wind up being great. In my opinion it would be one of those deals that would actually benefit both teams.

Jam Master Ferg

OSGOOD - Jam Master Ferg

There is an old saying about Detroit that goes something to the effect that the most well liked person in the city is either the back-up goalie or the back-up quarterback, or something like that. To even go farther Osgood himself is at the center of the well liked or really hated and it does have something to do with his standing as a goalie. The other athlete whose situation is comparable in this city is Brandon Inge but that is for another day. Osgood himself is an argument which brings friends to enemies debating on which side of his competence as a goalie you fall on. Osgood is the proverbial riddle wrapped in a mystery shrouded in an enigma.


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