Kings right wing Valeri Bure will undergo surgery Monday on his right hip. The surgery will end Bure’s season, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Bure, 31, signed with the Kings as a free agent Aug. 12 and has yet to play in a regular-season game for them. He had surgery last month to alleviate lower back pain.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Eric Brewer will undergo surgery for a dislocated shoulder that could sideline him for the rest of the season.
Brewer, the key player acquired in a trade for Chris Pronger in the offseason, opted for the surgery two days after receiving a second opinion from Dr. Anthony Miniaci of Cleveland that reaffirmed the diagnosis of team doctors. No date has been set for the operation, the team said Sunday.
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a sprained knee.
Khabibulin injured his knee in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Minnesota. An MRI exam Saturday showed he sprained it.
“It happened early in the game,” coach Trent Yawney said. “He played through it, but after it was pretty sore.”
Khabibulin had been expected to start in goal for Russia at the Turin Olympics, sharing time with Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks and Ilya Bryzgalov of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Khabibulin, the Stanley Cup winning goalie with Tampa Bay in 2004, made his second straight start Friday after missing 10 games with a strained groin. He signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Blackhawks in the offseason.