Groin injury slows Pavel Bure

The Florida Panthers have some injuries to deal with, including to superstar winger Pavel Bure. The Russian Rocket has been grounded for a few days by a groin injury.

There is a question of when Bure was injured.

Panthers GM Bill Torrey said Bure "tweaked" his groin Monday while going against brother Valeri Bure in a loose-puck drill.

But Bure said it happened last Thursday.

"I think I pulled it a little bit against Dallas," he told the Miami Herald. "The pain was still there, so we decided to take it easy.

"Better to treat this pain before the season starts."

Bure said the groin injury was on the same side as the one that caused him to miss five games two years ago, but it wasn't nearly as painful.

Also, tough guy Peter Worrell has a groin pull but could be back on skates by the end of the week.

Defenceman Lance Pitlick had a knee injury.

Torrey also confirmed it will be at least two weeks before right winger Denis Shvidki, recovering from a concussion, returns.