Ducks' Kunitz still awaiting medical clearance to return to action

Updated: June 1, 2007, 11:10 PM ET
Associated Press

OTTAWA -- Anaheim Ducks left winger Chris Kunitz continues to skate and work out, he just isn't ready to play in the Stanley Cup finals.

Kunitz had surgery in mid-May after he broke a bone in his right hand during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Detroit. He was all but ruled out for the rest of the playoffs, but his presence still leaves the door open that he might be able to help Anaheim at some point against the Ottawa Senators.

"I haven't talked to the doctors, but I think it's doubtful because of the situation with his hand," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Friday on the eve of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. "I saw him in the training room trying to get some adjustment made and whatnot.

"So I would still say until we get clearance from a doctor, and that's first and foremost, then the decision has to be whether he's in game shape or his hand is this or that. But at this point we're nowhere near that."

Kunitz had a goal and five assists in the Ducks' first 11 playoff games before the injury. He had 25 goals and 35 assists during his second full NHL regular season.

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