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Thursday, September 26, 2002
Bure will need two weeks of recovery time

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Pavel Bure had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday, and he's expected to take two weeks to recover.

The operation was performed by the team physician, Dr. Andrew Feldman, who said it went "extremely well.''

"He will begin his rehabilitation program immediately, and we are extremely optimistic that he will return to full form,'' Feldman said.

Feldman repaired torn cartilage in Bure's right knee. The Russian was injured during an exhibition game Tuesday night against New Jersey.

Bure had 12 goals and eight assists in 12 games for the Rangers last season after he was traded from Florida. In 1999, shortly after he was traded from Vancouver to Florida, he had the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee replaced for the second time in four years.