Chelios reportedly signs one-year deal

DETROIT -- Chris Chelios must be very good friends with
Father Time.

According to a report by the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday,
Chelios will return to the Detroit Red Wings for his 23rd NHL season in
2006-07 after signing a one-year contract with the club Tuesday.

The newspaper is reporting the deal is worth $850,000, the
identical amount Chelios, 44, made this past season.
The Chicago native, who has spent the last 6½ seasons with
the Red Wings, is the oldest active player in the league and
oldest ever to play for Detroit.

A second-round pick of Montreal in 1981, Chelios helped the
Canadiens win the Stanley Cup five years later and also was
a member of Detroit's championship team in 2002. He became the
first American to win the Norris Trophy, in 1989, while with the
Canadiens and captured the award in 1993 and 1996 while
patrolling the blue line for the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 1,476 career games -- fourth all-time among defensemen -- with
Montreal, Chicago and Detroit, Chelios has 182 goals,
925 points and 2,803 penalty minutes. He has represented the
U.S. in four Winter Olympics, including in February in
Torino, where he was team captain.