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Red Wings re-sign 45-year-old D Chelios to 1-year deal

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DETROIT (AP) -The Red Wings re-signed 45-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Chelios has played a key role for Detroit after Jiri Fischer was sidelined with a heart ailment during the 2005-06 season and Niklas Kronwall was injured last season. He is coming off his 23rd NHL season and his record 22nd postseason appearance.

The Red Wings were eliminated in six games from the Western Conference finals by the Anaheim Ducks, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.

"He has taken conditioning to a new level and has set the standard for how today's professional athlete trains year-round in order to compete at an elite level," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a statement. "In addition to his high level of play, Chris' experience and leadership are second to none."

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