According to the Post-Gazette, Sidney Crosby needs wrist surgery.
“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.”
He’s not suspected to miss any playing time next season due to the surgery.
Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy makes a good point regarding Crosby’s injury and his performance in the 2013 playoffs:
“While the shots may not have been going Crosby’s way, it’s not like this wrist injury was hindering his abilities. If you took a look at his possession numbers, you wouldn’t have had any kind of inking something was bothering him. His Fenwick rating was 63.7 percent and the Penguins generated 11.7-percent more shots with no. 87 on the ice than when he wasn’t when the score was close.”
So did the wrist injury really cause Crosby to struggle in the playoffs? No one will ever know for sure.
It will be interesting to see if having an offseason wrist injury always leads to getting arrested for harassing a cop in a few years, or if that baton will stay with Giroux.
We also want to know how Steve Downie will prevent things like this from happening in the future, because apparently that’s important.
EDIT: Update from the Penguins on Twitter:
GM Jim Rutherford: “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.”