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Red Wings add depth with signing of Jake Chelios, three others

By @StefanKubus –

In addition to the signings of Thomas Vanek, Mike Green and Jonathan Bernier, the Detroit Red Wings have also added a quartet of depth players.

Detroit announced Sunday afternoon that the team has signed defenseman Jake Chelios, son of former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios.

Chelios, 27, has spent the last three seasons with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL (Carolina Hurricanes affiliate). This past season, he recorded 14 points in 41 games, one season removed from leading all Charlotte defensemen with a career-high 32 points in 76 games. Chelios grew up playing his youth hockey in the Metro Detroit area with the likes of the Birmingham Rangers and Little Caesars; he played for Michigan State from 2010-2014 before embarking on his professional career.

Additionally, the Wings have added former Plymouth Whalers standout Chris Terry, Wade Megan and goaltender Harri Sateri.

Terry, 29, posted an AHL career-high 71 points (32-39-71) in 62 games with the Laval Rocket in 2017-18 to lead the league in scoring. Terry led Laval in goals, points, power-play goals (14) and shots on goal (217). The 29-year-old has logged 500 AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, St. John’s IceCaps and Rocket since 2007-08, notching 440 points (183-257-440) and 353 penalty minutes while adding 20 points (11-9-20) in 33 AHL Calder Cup Playoff games.

Megan, 27, spent the last two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves and ranked seventh on the club in 2017-18 with 33 points (11-22-33) alongside a plus-seven rating and 52 penalty minutes in 63 games.

Between the pipes, Sateri, 28, appeared in 29 games for the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds and nine games for the Florida Panthers in 2017-18, which was his 10th professional season and fifth in North America. With the Thunderbirds, Sateri posted a 14-9-1 record, 2.30 goals-against average, 0.927 save percentage and four shutouts. The 6-foot, 207-pound native of Toijala, Finland, made his NHL debut for Florida in a relief effort on Jan. 2 at Minnesota, picking up his first win with a 32-save performance on Jan. 30 at NY Islanders. Sateri went 4-4 in nine appearances with the Panthers, posting a 2.92 goals-against average and 0.911 save percentage.

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