PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins say captain Sidney Crosby doesn’t need surgery on his injured wrist.
Crosby dealt with a wrist injury during the playoffs. The Penguins announced Tuesday on Twitter that “after seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby’s wrist.”
The team says he’ll keep receiving treatment and be evaluated ahead of training camp in September.
Crosby had just one goal and eight assists in 13 playoff games. The Penguins were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers.
The newly crowned league MVP, who won the Hart and Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer) last month, never seemed to look comfortable in the playoffs, struggling to score against both the Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.
Though Crosby was questioned repeatedly during the postseason about his health, Crosby consistently and firmly answered that he was at full health and that an injury was not an excuse for his sagging production.
The Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh reported last week that Crosby had, in fact, injured his wrist late in the regular season after taking a hard hit into the boards during an unspecified game.
Arthroscopic surgery had been a consideration for Crosby and the team to consider — a relatively non-invasive procedure that likely wouldn’t have caused him to miss training camp in September, let alone the start of the regular season.
But this is far from a normal offseason for the Penguins. Crosby and the rest of the team will need to adjust this fall to a completely overhauled coaching staff and a more aggressive scheme under new coach Mike Johnston.
Pittsburgh fired general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma in the aftermath of the loss to the Rangers. Jim Rutherford, the long-time GM of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise, took over for Shero before hiring Johnston.