Updates from Wednesday, July 16
Sidney Crosby is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist within the next few days to repair damage that a source said impeded his performance in the postseason.
Despite saying during and after the Stanley Cup playoffs that he was at full health, the Penguins center "did play with a terrible wrist," the source said Tuesday night.
Crosby could not be reached for comment.
An individual close to Crosby, who requested anonymity, said the surgical procedure "is not major, but you can't play the same way" with the kind of injury Crosby had.
The NHL MVP is not expected to miss any time next season, the source said. Crosby decided to have the operation only after therapy failed to correct the problem.
Updates from Tuesday, July 15
The Penguins' official Twitter account provides an update on Sidney Crosby's recovery:
After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby’s wrist. (1 of 2)— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 15, 2014
Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September. (2 of 2)— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 15, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford commented on Sidney Crosby's injured wrist via the team's Twitter account:
GM Jim Rutherford: “Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season.” (Part 1 of 3)— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 9, 2014
“…Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery.” (Part 2 of 3)— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 9, 2014
“...No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week.” (Part 3 of 3)— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 9, 2014
Apparently Sidney Crosby wasn't completely healthy, after all.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' star center continually said during the postseason that he was at 100 percent, but according to a source cited by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari, he is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair damage in his right wrist.
"(Crosby) did play with a terrible wrist," said the source, who also noted that the 26-year-old isn't expected to miss any of the regular season.
Playing in at least 80 games for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign, Crosby tallied a league-high 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists) en route to taking home the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP for the second time in his career.
However, he struggled in the playoffs, scoring just one goal and dishing out eight assists in 13 games.
As Andrew Chiappazzi noted, this helps explain some of that inconsistency:
A wrist injury that requires surgery would certainly explain some of Sidney Crosby's play in the playoffs. #Pens— Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi) July 9, 2014
Crosby's recent history of injuries makes this something worth paying attention to, but it doesn't sound overly serious.
He should have no trouble returning as one of the most dangerous offensive players in the league, helping the Pens back to the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.