Thrashers send down Chelios, Stapleton
Chelios appeared in seven games with the Thrashers after being recalled from Chicago on March 10.
Chelios has played in more NHL games than any other American-born player. He won three Stanley Cups and was a three-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
The Thrashers recalled Chelios last month in hopes he could provide a spark for the team's playoff hopes. Atlanta was eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
The Thrashers also assigned forward Tim Stapleton to Chicago.
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