The inclusion of Chelios to the roster now gives the team seven active defensemen and 23 active players on the roster. Chelios' salary is expected to be less than his $850,000 he earned last season and his role is expected to be lessened, thanks to the signing of Brad Stuart and the emergence of Andreas Lilja to the everyday blueline.
Chelios played in 69 regular season games for the Wings in 2007/2008, scoring 3 goals and adding 9 assists. If his role is to be lessened, then production will be a concern for a poolie who isn't quite sure whether or not he is worth taking. If one of the top six defenders were to go down with injury, Chelios may see some extra ice-time, since his salary will count against the cap regardless of being on the roster or in the minors. Any other long-term injuries will likely be filled in by Kyle Quincey, who is expected to sign a new deal as well soon.
|Pavel Datsyuk||Nicklas Lidstrom||Chris Osgood|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Brian Rafalski||Ty Conklin|
|Marian Hossa||Niklas Kronvall|
|Daniel Cleary||Brad Stuart|
|Jiri Hudler||Brett Lebda|
|Tomas Holmstrom||Andreas Lilja|
|Mikael Samuelsson||Chris Chelios|
The Red Wings now have a salary cap issue with the inclusion of Chelios, as their 23-man roster above is worth approximately $57.2 million, a clear $500,000 over the top. That is to say that Chelios ended up with the same salary he earned last season, but if it is less, as it was reported, it won't be significantly less, since he still brings some value to the team. The Red Wings will also be looking to re-sign Quincey, who will likely get a two-way deal and Darren McCarty, who will also get a two-way deal. Both will likely spend time in the minors have little pool value.