Culminating in his capturing of the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP, Sidney Crosby had an outstanding regular season. He led the league with 104 points and led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the second best record in the Eastern Conference. He failed to replicate his regular season success in the playoffs however, scoring only one goal and nine points in 13 postseason contests. Now, some light has finally been shed as to what may have been behind the decline.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday, the 26-year-old Crosby is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist, an injury that impeded his play during the playoffs. The Penguins were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers.
A source told the Gazette that the injury is not major, but affected his play. Crosby elected to have surgery after physical therapy failed to produce results. His recovery is not expected to cause Crosby to miss any of the upcoming season. It is unknown when the injury to Crosby’s wrist originally occurred.
After being eliminated from the playoffs, the Penguins fired both general manager Ray Shero, and later head coach Dan Bylsma. They have since been replaced by Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston, respectively.
It has been a busy offseason for the Penguins. At the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, they traded James Neal to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. The team got decidedly more German, adding defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and goaltender Thomas Greiss, while also re-signing center Marcel Goc. The team also signed forwards Blake Comeau and Steve Downie, with the latter coming over from their Keystone State rival Philadelphia Flyers.
“Obviously they’ve been one of the best teams, if not the best team, my whole career,” said Downie. “ When you get a chance to go to Pittsburgh, it’s pretty tough to turn that down.”