San Jose Sharks forward
Roenick told hosts
"The coach just doesn't like him for some ungodly known reason, I think he's got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all," Roenick said. "There is an underlying, I don't know if it's a hatred, because hatred is a strong word. But there is some underlying issue there that I don't understand. You know Babcock is the coach. You have to respect him for his decisions on who he plays, and that is all well and good. Sometimes it's just the verbal stuff that goes back and forth, from what I understand. Cheli will never complain. He is the ultimate professional. He will do whatever the team needs."
Roenick continued: "If you'd know some of the things that Babcock says to Chris Chelios, it would make your stomach churn. Just total disrespect for not even just one of the best Americans, but one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. The way he is talked to is just unacceptable. I wish I could elaborate, but that's not proper. It's just disrespectful."
Chelios was quoted by
Red Wings defenseman
Farber points out that if there is any friction between Babcock and Chelios, it's likely due to the defenseman's outspoken nature.
"Last year, Chelios was insistent on getting power play time and wasn't hesitant about expressing his feelings," Farber says. "For a guy who is not playing major minutes, he can be a handful. This year, he's been forced into the background because of the emergence of
Since the middle of 2007-08, Chelios hasn't been as effective a player," Farber adds. "He's shown his age (47) and lost a lot of physical battles. When