Despite reports to the contrary earlier this month, Sidney Crosby will not have surgery on his injured wrist according to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team released a brief statement Tuesday to confirm that Crosby will not be going under the knife.
“After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby's wrist," the statement read. "Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September.”
Earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Crosby was due to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist, which was injured at an unspecified time during last season. The team quickly refuted that a final decision had been made, but that they were exploring all options including surgery.
It is believed the injury played a role in his relative struggles during the Penguins' early playoff exit, though Crosby continually denied he was hurt after the series and season ended.
Crosby had nine points, but just one goal in 13 postseason contests and was held to just three points in the second-round loss to the New York Rangers.
The fact that this injury has persisted through the summer is clearly a concern. The fact that surgery has been avoided could be a good thing assuming Crosby makes a full recovery in time for the season. Going under the knife isn't always the best route, of course, but it seems rather commonplace in situations to ensure the injury is taken care of. There's not enough details about the situation to know for sure what's best for Crosby beyond expecting the team to choose the best route for recovery for their best player.
Obviously any injury to Crosby comes with heightened concern, particularly so after the Penguins made strides to revamp their front office, coaching staff and lineup in the wake of more postseason disappointment.
Having the league's MVP in top shape heading into a season in which the expectations remain extremely high is of the utmost importance.