Brian Leetch to be Sidelined Six to Eight Weeks Due to Fractured Arm
/ New York Rangers
New York, N.Y. - Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that captain Brian Leetch will be sidelined for six to eight weeks due to a fractured right forearm suffered on November 24 at Tampa Bay. The injury occurred when Leetch blocked a shot during the first period of Wednesday's Rangers-Lightning game at the Ice Palace in Tampa.
Leetch, 31, returned to New York today and was examined by team physicians Dr. Barton Nisonson and Dr. Anthony Maddalo. The defenseman's right arm will be placed in a long-arm cast for approximately four weeks, upon which time he will be re-evaluated.
The eight-time NHL All-Star is currently tied for fourth on the club and tied for 12th in the NHL among defensemen with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists). Leetch also ranks eighth in the league with an average ice time of 26:39 per game and places eighth among backliners with 55 shots on goal. The 1988-89 Calder Trophy recipient is one goal shy of becoming the Rangers all-time goals leader among defensemen.
The native of Corpus Christi, Texas has tallied 179 goals and 588 assists for 767 points in 829 career NHL matches with New York. Leetch ranks third on the Rangers all-time points list (767), is tied for 15th on the club's all-time goals list (179) and places second on the team's all-time assists list (588). The 23rd captain in team history currently owns or shares 36 Rangers records (regular season and playoffs). The two-time Norris Trophy winner captured the 1994 Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the Rangers Stanley Cup championship club.