O'Neill may need surgery

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

On the same day Nik Antropov underwent successful surgery on his right knee, Leafs teammate Jeff O'Neill admitted that his ailing right shoulder also could require a medical procedure soon.

Both O'Neill and coach Pat Quinn revealed yesterday that the forward suffered the injury when he slammed into a goal post during the regular-season opener Oct. 5.

That would explain why O'Neill's snap shot has lacked velocity almost all season.

"It just sucks, especially being a winger who is known for firing the puck," O'Neill said. "At the same time, that's not any excuse for the struggles I've had this season.

"I could have had something done (in October) but that would have meant throwing away the season. And I wasn't ready to do that at that particular time."

Antropov was hurt during the Leafs' loss Sunday in Buffalo. He had undergone reconstructive surgeries on both knees earlier in his career.

Meanwhile a banged-up Darcy Tucker confirmed that he had turned down Hockey Canada's invitation to represent this country at the world hockey championship next month.

Tucker, who is scheduled to meet with doctors the next few days, doubts that he'll have to go under the knife.

"I'd love to play for Canada but I've had an injured rib for months and the best thing for it is rest," Tucker said.

While Tucker was stating his case, Tie Domi was clarifying his own future.

"Let's get one thing straight. I'm not playing anywhere else but here," Domi said.

"A lot of geniuses in the Toronto media have forwarded their opinions on who should stay and go. I've remained low-key and let everyone have their say. They mean nothing to me."


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