No Final for Old Men. . .Yet
DETROIT--They're just not showing the old guys any respect.
Well, not yet, anyway.
Neither 46-year-old Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings nor Gary Roberts of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who turned 42 yesterday, are expected to dress for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night. Seems neither the Wings nor Pens are inclined to tinker with the lineups they used to clinch their respective conference finals, which leaves Chelios and Roberts on the outside looking in.
For now, Chelios has lost his spot to Andreas Lilja, while Adam Hall has been playing for the Pens in place of Roberts.
"I'm okay with it," said Chelios today after being pelted once more with dozens of questions about his age. "The only thing I'd change if I could is 20 years ago I would have lied about my age."
Chelios shared a small stage with two other Detroit veterans, Dallas Drake and Kris Draper.
"Geez, this is the oldest podium in history," cracked Drake.
The other news on the day was that Wings forward Johan Franzen, who missed most of the Western Conference final with concussion-like symptoms, pronounced himself day-to-day but said he will not dress for Game 1.