St. Louis GM, "Tkachuk's a fatty!"
Everyone knows that Keith Tkachuk was suspended by the Blues last week, but J.K. Sockey has obtained strong evidence that the former All-Star did in fact report to camp a hair over his normal playing weight, listed as 231 pounds in the Blues' 2003-04 media guide.
Blues officials declined to say whether Tkachuk -- the highest-paid player on the Blues this season at $7.6 million (US) - would be paid during his suspension, but said Saturday that the 33 year-old winger will not rejoin the team until he passes his physical, which means until he drops an unspecified amount of weight (approximately 80lbs. based on the documents obtained exclusively by J.K. Sockey).
The NHLPA has filed a grievance on behalf Tkachuk, who was refused to comment saying only, “C’mon, stop calling. I’m trying to eat dinner.”
Keith Tkachuk (r) posed for this picture shortly after arriving at Blues training camp.
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