On Wednesday, the Penguins released a statement from general manager Jim Rutherford regarding Sidney Crosby and the star forward’s ailing wrist:
“Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season. Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week.”
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will have surgery on his right wrist, a revelation that comes after Crosby declared multiple times during the playoffs that he was playing at full health, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Crosby, who led the NHL with 104 points during the regular season, scored just one goal and added eight assists in 13 playoff games. A source close to Crosby told the Post-Gazette that the center "did play with a terrible wrist" during the playoffs and that the surgery he will have "is not major, but you can’t play the same way."
It’s unclear when or how Crosby injured the wrist. The Post-Gazette’s source said Crosby opted for the surgery now after rehab did not correct the problem.
The one goal that Crosby scored during the 2014 playoffs was the lowest total of his career. He scored just three goals in each of the 2007 and 2012 postseasons, but those years also came with a first-round exit.
Pittsburgh was eliminated by the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals this past season.