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Thursday, March 21
 
Bure to have surgery; Luongo has ankle injury

Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers recalled goalie Wade Flaherty from Utah of the AHL Thursday after learning starting goalie Roberto Luongo will be out for the season while rehabbing a torn ligament in his ankle.

Right wing Valeri Bure will also be out for the season after deciding to have surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee. Bure was injured in a game March 17 at Ottawa.

Luongo left Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to Montreal with 6:50 left in the first period with a sprained right ankle. An MRI exam Thursday revealed Luongo tore a ligament, but would not undergo surgery.

"It's disappointing that neither player will be able to return this season," Panthers GM Chuck Fletcher said. "But it's good news that both injuries are minor and the long-term prognosis is great for both Roberto and Val."

Flaherty, who had 22 wins and a 2.35 goals against average in 45 games for the Grizzlies, is 25-54-8 in 115 career NHL games with a 3.53 goals against average. Luongo is 16-33-4 with a 2.77 goals against average this season.

The Panthers also recalled right wing Rocky Thompson of Hershey of the AHL after right wing Joey Tetarenko injured his back.

Thompson had three assists and 139 penalty minutes in 39 games for the Bears while Tetarenko had no points and 121 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Panthers this season.