Sidney Crosby will not be going under the knife after all.
Despite an earlier report that the Pittsburgh Penguins star would be undergoing surgery this offseason to repair an injured wrist, the team announced Tuesday that Crosby instead will attempt to heal the injury through rehab.
“After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby’s wrist,” general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September.”
Crosby won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2013-14 after posting a league-best 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists) during the regular season. He struggled in the playoffs, however, scoring just one goal in 13 games as the Penguins were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
A source close to the center told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week that Crosby’s injury “impeded his performance in the postseason.”