NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- New York Rangers star right wing Pavel Bure Thursday underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his twice-rebuilt right knee.
An MRI taken on Wednesday revealed that Bure had a posterior tear of the medial meniscus, but showed no damage to either the ACL or the MCL. The tear was repaired in surgery performed by
team physician Dr. Andrew Feldman. Bure's rehabilitation process is expected to last only two weeks.
"The procedure performed on Pavel (Thursday)morning went extremely well," Feldman said. "He will begin his rehabilitation process immediately and we are extremely optimistic he will return to full form."
Bure, 30, complained of stiffness in the knee during the second intermission of Tuesday's preseason game against the New Jersey Devils, but still played in the third period and assisted on a goal by Vladimir Malakhov. It is believed Bure sustained the injury when taken into the boards by Turner Stevenson and Mike Danton of the Devils in the second period.
Bure, acquired from the Florida Panthers last March, played on the top line with Eric Lindros and had 12 goals and eight assists in 20 games with the Rangers, but was unable to prevent them from missing the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
The three-time 50-goal scorer missed nearly two full seasons, the 1995-96 and 1998-99 campaigns, after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
Known as the "Russian Rocket," Bure has 418 career goals in 663 career games. He set an NHL record by scoring 29.5 percent of his team's goals during the 2000-01 season with Florida. He is also one of just six players to score 50 goals with more than one team and was the 1991-92 Rookie of the Year with Vancouver.