The surgeon’s knife awaits Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
An injury to the lefty-shooting Crosby’s right wrist allegedly impaired his play–stellar, nevertheless–for parts of this season, particularly during the playoffs. It is unclear when the injury occurred. After rehabilitation failed to achieve the desired results, Crosby opted for the operating table. The procedure is not expected to delay the start of the center’s season.
Despite the injury hampering his abilities, Crosby enjoyed one of his best seasons. He scored 36 goals and assisted on 68 more, making him the NHL’s points leader for 2013-2014. He snagged his second Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP. Although the Penguins fell to the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs, Crosby won a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics playing for the Canadian team.
Pittsburgh opens the season at home on October 9 against the Anaheim Ducks.