48-year old Chris Chelios returns to the NHL

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hinted yesterday that it might happen,
and it seems that it will.
The Atlanta Thrashers will call up 48-year old defenseman Chris Chelios
from their AHL affiliate. With Cristoph Shubert out for at least three
weeks or so, the Thrashers were short on defense and have a dire need
for veteran leadership. They’ll kill two birds with one stone with

The age jokes are inevitable.  The Thrashers’ youngest
player, Evander Kane, wasn’t even born yet and Chelios had already won a
Stanley Cup and a Norris Trophy. He doesn’t even look like a hockey
player anymore; you expect a man of his… gruffness.. to be a coach or a
front office guy, not some ‘geezer’ out on the ice playing with the
kids. I can only imagine the reaction he’ll get once he plays in a game.

Chelios obviously still has something left in the tank, as he’s
dominated the AHL all season long. His leadership and experience cannot
be measured and he’ll be a vital piece in Atlanta as they fight to try
and make the playoffs.

I said it last night and I’ll say it again:
how ironic is it that Chelios is getting another shot in the NHL
because a player half his age has a hip injury?

Also, I wonder if he still feels the same way about contraction as he did in 2004? Reporters with long memories could have a field day with those questions. (H/T to Raw Charge for that story.)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?