Penguins GM Rutherford on Crosby: 'No final decision has been made on surgery at this point'

by Jul 9, 4:14 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford updated the status of superstar center Sidney Crosby, who was believed to be set to undergo surgery on his right wrist. 

Here's what Rutherford had to say, via the team's Twitter account.

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.

Tap the brakes on the "get well" cards for now.

Sep 8, 6:21 PM

Sidney Crosby happy with decision not to have wrist surgery

by Sep 8, 6:21 PM
Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a completely healthy captain when Sidney Crosby arrives at training camp later in the month. During media availability, Crosby told Stephen Whyno his health is no longer a concern.

Crosby admitted Monday he sustained the injury in March after taking a hit from Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues and jamming his wrist. He scored 10 points after the incident during the regular season, adding nine more over 13 playoff games.

Aug 15, 6:02 PM

Sidney Crosby says wrist is 'good', looking forward to training camp

by Aug 15, 6:02 PM

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby says his aching wrist is doing well and he's ready for training camp.

The reigning NHL MVP has been undergoing treatment on his right wrist after injuring it sometime last season. Crosby told reporters Friday while working out in southwest Florida that the wrist is ''good'' and he's ''happy with the way it's gone.''

Crosby added he's itching to get back to Pittsburgh, which underwent significant front office changes after losing to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma and brought in former Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford before hiring the well-traveled Mike Johnston as the new coach.

Crosby said he's looking forward to meeting the new faces as the franchise regroups.

Jul 16, 8:31 AM

Crosby injured wrist before the playoffs and could still require surgery, says agent

by Jul 16, 8:31 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is no longer planning to have surgery on his injured right wrist, preferring to pursue an alternative treatment option that will include a series of injections and, if successful, would allow the superstar pivot to avoid going under the knife.

"If this treatment works, you avoid surgery and move on," said Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson of Creative Artist Agency, who spoke at length with Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week. "If it doesn't, he will have to go that [surgical] route.

"It's a form of injection that has been proven to work, but sometimes it doesn't work," Brisson continued vaguely. "I don't want to get into all the details.

Crosby hopes to avoid surgery if his treatment is successful and in the meantime will be able to continue training for next season, but it would seem that at least two doctors were convinced that surgery would be necessary. Via Molinari:

Brisson confirmed that, as of July 8, "a couple of doctors [had] recommended the surgery," but said Crosby sought another opinion the next day and received yet another -- this one, from the doctor who suggested the injections -- Monday.

"We explored another option that was a second opinion, [then] we explored a third one and were recommended to perhaps explore something else rather than having surgery right away," Brisson said.

"We scheduled an appointment with another physician and were told [Monday] that with this certain treatment, this may work."

So Crosby explored his options and opted for a less intrusive, more conservative course of treatment for his wounded wrist. Crosby's camp expects to be able to make the determination about whether or not surgery will still be required within a couple of weeks. 

"If you have other options, other alternatives, to resolve an issue and avoid surgery, you might as well explore them," Brisson explained. 

Finally, Brisson settled the "was Crosby injured in the playoffs?" question, which was debated endlessly this spring as the reigning Hart Trophy winner turned in an uncharacteristically ineffective playoff performance. According to Brisson - who would know - Crosby's wrist injury originally occurred in March, so he was definitely playing through this injury at the time.

"He knew that something was wrong, but kept going," Brisson said. "Obviously, you don't talk about these things [while still involved in games], but you have to heal at some point."

Jul 15, 11:05 AM

Penguins' Sidney Crosby will not require surgery on wrist

by Jul 15, 11:05 AM

Good news out of Pittsburgh Tuesday, as the team announced the latest with Sidney Crosby.

After posting 104 points in the regular season and winning the Art Ross and Hart Trophies, Crosby struggled in the postseason, managing one goal and eight assists in 13 games.

Speculation about Crosby's health affecting his play swirled around the Penguins during the playoffs, with the captain repeatedly denying a wrist injury had anything to do with his lack of production.

Jul 9, 8:06 AM

Report: Sidney Crosby to undergo wrist surgery

by Jul 9, 8:06 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is reportedly set to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist.

A source close to Crosby told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the procedure "is not major, but you can't play the same way" with the kind of injury the NHL MVP was suffering from.

Although he repeatedly denied playing through an injury during the Penguins' disappointing playoff run, he clearly wasn't operating at 100 percent, notching one goal and eight assists  in 13 postseason games.

The 26-year-old, who isn't expected to miss any time as a result of the surgery, had a stellar regular season in 2013-14, leading the NHL in scoring with 104 points, while capturing his second Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.