Coyotes C Jeremy Roenick was suspended for five games by the NHL yesterday for an altercation involving a stick last week against Chicago.

In Phoenix's 3-3 tie at Chicago on Oct. 8, Roenick received a match penalty for slashing Blackhawks RW Tony Amonte at 2 minutes 25 seconds of the third period. Amonte was struck in the face by Roenick's stick, and needed stitches to close the wound.

Roenick already served one game of the suspension Sunday while awaiting the hearing. He is eligible to return on Oct. 23 when the Coyotes play the Capitals. Based on the league's collective bargaining agreement and his contract, Roenick will forfeit $104,166.67 of his salary during the suspension.

* RICHTER WILL BE BACK: Rangers G Mike Richter said he hopes to return to the lineup for the team's next home game, Thursday night against the Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Richter has missed four games because of a protruding disk in his back.

"It was caught early enough before it hit a nerve and started giving me real problems," Richter said. "I was lucky. I can treat the thing and prevent it forever."

* INJURIES: Flyers C Rod Brind'Amour, whose iron man streak ended when he missed the season opener, needs surgery on his broken foot and will be out up to two months. . . . Maple Leafs leading scorer Mats Sundin probably will miss six weeks with a broken right ankle.