Sidney Crosby will not require surgery on his right wrist, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Tuesday.
“After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby’s wrist,” general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September.”
The Hart Trophy winner as the league’s most outstanding player, Crosby led the NHL in points last year with 104, but his production took a dramatic dip in the postseason when he only scored one goal to go along with his eight assists in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Penguins were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by a lower-seeded team for the fifth straight year.
A report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the right wrist of Crosby was impeding his performance in the postseason.
Hopefully the treatment he will continue to receive throughout the offseason will rectify his problematic wrist so it won’t linger into the season where surgery would obviously be more damaging in the regular season than in the middle of the offseason.
Crosby has had to deal with more than his fair share of injuries in his career, including missing significant chunks as a result of concussions and post concussion syndrome, but when he is healthy, there is no denying his impact on the ice as the best player in the world.
His multiple Hart Trophy’s are evident of that despite Crosby having a large faction of critics around the league.