There are different moves and trades taking place on the roster on many National Hockey League at this time of year, and it looks now that some moves are also being made behind the bench.
The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that Chris Chelios will be leaving the organization. When announcing his decision out to the public, Chelios revealed that he was leaving Detroit to be closer to his family in his hometown of Chicago.
"I would like to thank everyone in the Red Wings organization, starting with the Ilitch family - Mrs. Ilitch, Chris Ilitch, and, of course, the late Mr. I," he said in a team statement. "There's a reason the Red Wings are so revered around the National Hockey League and it starts at the top with ownership.
"For me, this is an opportunity to move back to Chicago to be closer to family, and in particular my mother. I began to seriously consider moving home last February after the passing of my father. Now that my children have all graduated, it seems like the ideal time for my wife, Tracee, and I to make the move."
Chelios worked as an assistant on head coach Jeff Blashill's staff after five seasons as a team advisor and working in player development.
Now that Chelios is making the move to Chicago to be closer to his family and his mother, some pundits wonder if the former player will look to get associated with the Blackhawks, for whom he played for nine seasons. The Hawks did not make major changes behind the bench for the upcoming season during the summer, however, the addition of Chelios remains a possibility if ever the former league's blue liner is looking to keep working in the NHL.
Chelios retired as a player in 2010 after 26 seasons with the Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers, winning Stanley Cups, three Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman. He also represented the United States at four Olympic Winter Games, three Canada Cups, two World Cup of Hockey tournaments and at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Now, let's all wait and see if he joins the Hawks sooner rather than later...