Penguins star’ Sidney Crosby out at least 6 weeks after wrist surgery; may miss start of season

Penguins will be without Crosby to start the season.

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May 26, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates the goal by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel (59) (not pictured) against the New York Islanders during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing a procedure on his left wrist Wednesday.

That timeline means Crosby likely won’t be ready for the Penguins’ season opener Oct. 12 at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Crosby out after wrist surgery

“This is not a new injury for Sid,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “It is something that he has played through for years. After exhausting all minimally-invasive options and much discussion, it was decided that surgery was in his best interest.”

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Apr 1, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (87) lines up against the Boston Bruins in the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Kathryn Riley-USA TODAY Sports

“Sid has been dealing with this for numerous years now,” Hextall explained. “It takes weeks to figure out where the wrist is at and if it could get through another year. The conclusion that we came to was this procedure was the best way to proceed.”

Brian Boyle who was signed to a PTO, may get a longer look in Crosby’s absence.

Crosby’s surgery was performed in New York by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss, in collaboration with Penguins team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins said.

Crosby, 34, is entering his 17th NHL season and remains one of the league’s premier stars. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time league MVP has 1,325 points (486 goals, 839 assists) in his career.

In 2020-21, Crosby played in 55 games and tallied 24 goals and 38 assists for Pittsburgh, which hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs since winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

–Field Level Media