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Pavel Bure Declared Medically Unable to Play

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The New York Rangers announced today that right wing Pavel Bure has been declared medically unable to play following his physical examination today. He will continue to rehabilitate in New York and will not accompany the team to training camp in Burlington, Vermont. At this point, there is no timetable for when he can resume his playing career.

"Pavel worked extremely hard this summer to do everything in his power to get his knee to a point where he would be able to play," said Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather. "We are all very disappointed for him, knowing the effort he put in."

Bure skated in 39 matches for the Rangers last season, posting 19 goals and 11 assists for 30 points, along with 16 penalty minutes. Since being acquired from the Florida Panthers, along with a 2002 second round draft choice (Lee Falardeau) on March 18, 2001 in exchange for Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak and the Rangers 2002 first (later traded Calgary - Eric Nystrom) and second (Rob Globke) round draft choices and a 2003 fourth round draft choice (later traded to Atlanta - Guillaume Desbiens), he has registered 31 goals and 19 assists for 50 points, along with 22 penalty minutes in 51 contests.

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