Knee injury sidelines Leafs' Darcy Tucker

Darcy Tucker will be out of the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup indefinitely with ligament damage in his right knee, the veteran winger said Monday.

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

The feisty winger said Monday he suffered the injury over the summer, but it was feeling better until he collided with a Blackhawks player during Toronto's 6-4 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Tucker, 32, said an MRI revealed "slight damage to some ligaments," but he won't require 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."

Tucker, who last February signed a four-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs that pays him an average of about $3 million US annually, has one goal and four assists in Toronto's first nine games of this season.

With files from the Canadian Press