Gleason honored by Canes

Chip AlexanderApril 6, 2011 

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that defenseman Tim Gleason has been voted by his teammates as the winner of the 2010-11 Steve Chiasson Award.

It was the first time Gleason had been awarded the honor, which is given annually to the player who best exemplifies determination and dedication while being an inspiration to his teammates through his performance and his approach to the game.

Gleason is in his seventh NHL season and fifth with the Hurricanes and serves as an alternate captain.

Chiasson, a former Hurricanes defenseman, died in a car crash in 1999 at age 32. Past winners of the award include former Canes captain Rod Brind'Amour, who won it five times.

Rangers lose Callahan: The New York Rangers' playoff drive took a major hit with the loss of Ryan Callahan, who is out indefinitely because of a broken right leg.

One day after their most thrilling win of the season, the Rangers said Tuesday that Callahan will be sidelined by the injury that occurred with 1:45 left in New York's 5-3 comeback victory over Boston. He got hurt while blocking a shot by 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Callahan is the Rangers' second-leading scorer with 48 points despite playing in only 60 games.

Flyers place Leighton on re-entry waivers: The Flyers placed goaltender Michael Leighton on re-entry waivers on Tuesday with the hope that he can rejoin Philadelphia's postseason roster.

General manager Paul Holmgren confirmed the move, which allows a 24-hour period for other teams to claim him at half of his remaining contract, while the Flyers would pay the other half. If he is unclaimed by noon today, he would be able to join the Flyers again.

Leighton, a former Carolina Hurricane, one of many heroes in Philadelphia's improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals last season as a No. 7 seed, was originally placed on waivers on Jan. 3.

Associated Press

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