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Pavel Bure's Comments Following the Announcement that he is Unable to Play at this Point in Time

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Question: Can you speak to how this decision was made?

Pavel Bure: Unfortunately, I was doing everything that I could - doctors, trainers - and that is the suggestion that we have come to now and we are just going to have to deal with it.

Question: Is there any way, at this point, you can see this changing?

Pavel Bure: Ironically, it's going the other way, it's getting worse. I can't control that - trainers, doctors - none of us can control and I don't know that there is any other special program to try, but it is getting worse.

Question: What are your immediate plans?

Pavel Bure: I don't know yet. I'm not going to training camp. I will still continue doing what I can do - my exercises. The most important thing is that I'm going to try to get better.

Question: Is surgery an option?

Pavel Bure: I don't know if it is an option or not. Every doctor that I was talking to, none can guarantee that it is going to get better with surgery because I have had five surgeries and two reconstructions and if I have another one, nobody can guarantee it is going to get better.

Question: How much do you want to come back to play?

Pavel Bure: I have been through surgeries so many times and I always want to come back and play and I still want to come back and play right now. Sometimes you just have to deal with what you have to deal with. My muscle in the (injured) right leg is 20% stronger than the left, so we've done everything to build the muscle around, but you can't rebuild the ligament on your own; you can't train the ligament.

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