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Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Dopita's knee still swelling after surgery

SportsTicker

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Waived four days ago, Edmonton Oilers center Jiri Dopita on Wednesday was placed on injured reserve due to a sore knee.

While skating on a surgically repaired right knee, Dopita has just three assists and a minus-5 rating in 13 games with the Oilers, who acquired him Philadelphia in the offseason for a pair of draft choices.

After no one claimed the 34-year-old, Edmonton placed Dopita on IR to give his knee a chance to heal. He had fluids removed from the knee several times this season and it continued to swell after each game and practice.

Dopita had arthroscopic surgery in April, missing the final four games of 2001-02 and the playoffs.

This is the second NHL season for the 34-year-old Dopita, who was regarded as the best player outside the league before signing with the Flyers last year. He had 11 goals -- four in one game -- and 16 assists in 52 games.

Dopita had 182 goals and 229 assists in 400 games in the Czech Republic, where he won six championships. He also helped his country to the gold medal in the 1998 Olympics.