Hand surgery to bench Blues D McKee 4-6 weeks

Updated: October 23, 2006, 9:34 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay McKee is expected to be out four to six weeks after having surgery Monday on his broken right hand.

Jay McKee

McKee was injured in the first period Friday against the Vancouver Canucks when he blocked a shot by Rory Fitzpatrick. It was McKee's first game of the season he missed the first seven with a knee injury.

McKee signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Blues in July. Last season he led the NHL with 241 blocked shots in 75 games and matched his career high with five goals.

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