In case you missed the news last week the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that captain Sidney Crosby had undergone wrist surgery and will miss the start of training camp. He's expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks.
From the Penguins' official press release:
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent a successful wrist procedure today, it was announced by general manager Ron Hextall.
The procedure to Crosby's left wrist was performed by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss of New York, in collaboration with team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas of UPMC.
The 34-year-old center will miss the start of training camp and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks.
"This is not a new injury for Sid. It is something that he has played through for years," said Penguins general manager Ron Hextall. "After exhausting all minimally-invasive options and much discussion, it was decided that surgery was in his best interest."
Earlier today Penguins President Brian Burke (that's still strange to write...) was on the Vancouver based Donnie & Dhali podcast where he updated Penguins fans on Crosby's status heading into an important season for the club.
In short, Burke said that Crosby has been battling this particular wrist injury for years and the surgery was done to correct the issue permanently.
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Unfortunately it seems like this surgery was needed, but you have to wonder why the decision to do it wasn't done earlier? Now not only will Crosby miss training camp and the start of the 2021-22 NHL season, he'll also be recovering while playing. Had this decision been made months ago he could have spent the entire offseason getting back to full health.
Source: Donnie & Dhali · Photo Credit: Zuma Press