Penguins’ Crosby won’t have surgery on ailing wrist |

Penguins’ Crosby won’t have surgery on ailing wrist

Penguins center Sidney Crosby prepares for a faceoff during the second period against the Wild on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Sidney Crosby isn’t having surgery.

Although Crosby has been plagued by wrist pain this summer, the Penguins’ captain will not have a surgical procedure to repair the injury.

Coach Mike Johnston, who had lunch with Crosby on Saturday, discussed the injury with his captain. Doctors said surgery isn’t required, Johnston said.

“Those were some of the questions we asked with the trainers and the doctors,” Johnston said. “They feel confident that this is the right step.”

According to the Penguins, Crosby will continue to undergo treatment for his injury.

In a statement on Twitter, the team said Crosby sought “additional medical advice” and that the injury did not require surgery, despite media reports that an operation was already planned.

The Tribune-Review reported last week that no decision had been made regarding a possible operation for Crosby.

Sources told the Tribune-Review last week that the injury occurred during a game in late March, when Crosby’s hand absorbed the brunt of a hit into the boards.

The 26-year-old center led the NHL in scoring for the second time in his career but had only one goal during the playoffs, causing suspicion he was injured.

However, Crosby maintained publicly and privately during the postseason he was healthy.

Johnston said he was more interested in getting to know his star than talking only about Crosby’s wrist injury during their lunch.

“I came down on Friday, and we had a chance to spend Saturday together,” Johnston said.

“It was great. He was in here for a workout. We went out for lunch. We didn’t talk a lot about the injury.

“We talked more about how he’s feeling, about his situation with the team.”

Johnston, who will travel to Russia this summer to meet center Evgeni Malkin, came away from Saturday’s lunch with positive feelings about Crosby.

“I knew him before but never sat down extensively with him,” Johnston said. “It was good to get to know him a little bit. We grew up a mile apart. Some of my friends coached Sid as he was growing up.

“It’s nice that we have some things in common. You don’t get a chance to spend one-on-one time once training camp starts.

“I want to connect with as many of these guys as I can.”

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

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