Leafs' Tucker out indefinitely; he doesn't think he'll need knee surgery

Updated: October 22, 2007, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Darcy Tucker is out of the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup indefinitely with ligament damage in his right knee.

The veteran right-winger said on Monday that he hurt the knee during the summer, but it was feeling better until he collided with a Chicago Blackhawk early in the third period of Toronto's 6-4 home loss Saturday.

He said an MRI exam on Sunday revealed "slight damage to some ligaments." He doesn't expect he'll need surgery.

"We don't know how extensive it is or how long is will take time-wise," he said after receiving treatment from team training staff Monday. "As of now, it's indefinite. Hopefully, I'll get a brace made and we'll see how it progresses from there."

Surgery is not expected, he said.

Tucker had one goal and four assists in the team's nine games.


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