Bure fails physical, won't work out with Rangers
Posted: Thursday September 11, 2003 1:33PM; Updated: Friday September 12, 2003 12:05AM
Bure will not accompany the team to Burlington, Vt., for training camp, which begins Friday. The team said there is no timetable for when he can play again.
He played 39 games for the Rangers last season, totaling 19 goals and 11 assists. But he was troubled almost from the start by his knee, which he injured in an exhibition game against New Jersey on Sept. 24. He twice had arthroscopic surgery on the knee last season but still feels pain.
Bure underwent knee reconstructions in 1995 and 1999, and a July 30 examination by the Rangers' orthopedic surgeon revealed damage that may require more surgery.
"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 Glen Sather, the president, general manager and coach of the team. "We are all very disappointed for him, knowing the effort he put in."
Bure, 32, came to the Rangers in a trade with the Florida Panthers on March 18, 2002. He has played 51 games for New York, recording 31 goals and 19 assists.
He has a $10 million guaranteed contract for the 2003-04 season that is fully insured. The team would be reimbursed for 80 percent of the contract if Bure is unable to play.
Bure joins defenseman Brian Leetch on the sidelines for the Rangers. Leetch reinjured his ankle last weekend and will miss training camp. Two weeks ago, Rangers goalie Mike Richter retired following post-concussion syndrome.