Tkachuk, Hejduk, Fedorov battling injuries

Updated: October 19, 2005, 9:09 AM ET
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St. Louis Blues: Keith Tkachuk is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after catching the butt end of his stick in his rib cage during a game Saturday night.

Tkachuk tried to skate Monday, but still experienced soreness in his midsection, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.

"I just wanted to see how it felt," Tkachuk told the newspaper. "It didn't feel the way I wanted it to feel. It seemed like it got worse. It's frustrating. I've just got to see what's going on with it."

Colorado Avalanche: Coach Joel Quenneville told The Rocky Mountain News on Monday that there is "an outside chance" that Milan Hejduk will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Kings.

Hejduk had surgery on his right knee on Sept. 20 and skated for the first time since the procedure on Oct. 7. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

"It feels all right," Hejduk told the newspaper. "They thought it was going to be four or five weeks, and it looks like that's what it's going to be. It's not much fun watching the games in the locker room, working out and watching TV. It would be better to be out there."

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Sergei Fedorov is hoping to return to the lineup Sunday after a groin injury kept him out of the lineup the last few days.

The team is not giving a specific time frame as to when Fedorov will come back.

"Obviously, there's still an issue there," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told The Los Angeles Times. "We'll have to take it day by day and hope there's some improvement that takes place in the next 24 hours and beyond that."

Team claims Kunitz: Left wing Chris Kunitz is back with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after playing in two regular season games with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Kunitz spent training camp with Anaheim, recording three goals in five preseason games. But he was placed on waivers and claimed by Atlanta on Oct. 4.

Kunitz played in two regular-season games with the Thrashers and was a minus-3 in plus-minus rating before being placed on waivers again. On Tuesday, he was claimed off waivers by the Ducks.

Los Angeles Kings: Jeremy Roenick was none too pleased about the collective bargaining agreement that was reached in July. Coming off a lockout that canceled the 2004-05 season, the current agreement includes cuts in player salaries.

"The owners can sit there and do giveaways and lower ticket prices to get the fans back to the game knowing that what they are really doing is taking it out of our pockets," Roenick told the Los Angeles Times. "It's important to get people back into the arenas to watch hockey, but it is a lot easier to do when [the owners] know they still get money back because they are taking it out of our paycheck. In essence, the players are paying for all the giveaways and free stuff that the owners are doing. Which is all well and good, but you don't hear about it."

"When [the owners] saw that 12 percent out of the paycheck, the guys on our team were [griping] and moaning and complaining about it," Roenick told the paper. "This is after we already had given back 24 percent and taken a [$39-million] salary cap."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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