Sidney Crosby played with a nagging right wrist injury for the last 6 weeks of the NHL season, but the injury was nothing more than type of discomfort that most players deal with during the latter stages of an NHL season, sources close to Crosby tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports.
There is no structural or ligament damage to the wrist.
Crosby had 1 goal and 9 points in 13 playoff games. At times he looked mentally and physically drained during the post-season, playing the most hockey he had played since the 2009-2010 season.
As one source put it, if Crosby wanted to put this injury out there to take heat off his playoff performance, it would have been done “several weeks ago.”
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford responded to the news today saying arthroscopic surgery is a possibility but a final decision hasn’t been made. “Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season,” Rutherford said via the Penguins. “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.”
If Crosby has the surgery, which a source called unlikely, it would be a very “minor procedure” and it wouldn’t mess with his off-season training much.
Crosby has been in California for parts of this summer already training for the upcoming season.
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