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More Penguins Injury News: Crosby Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery



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The injury bug is still biting the Pittsburgh Penguins, weeks after their season concluded. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent arthroscopic wrist surgery in New York City on Monday.

The surgery was termed “wrist debridement” and was performed by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY. The procedure was conducted in collaboration with team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, according to the Penguins.

Crosby’s recovery time is expected to be three-to-four weeks.

This is the second surgery within 12 months for Crosby. He had core muscle surgery to correct a sports hernia last November. He missed 28 games.

Crosby, 33, is one of a handful of Penguins to have surgery since the conclusion of the regular season or after the NHL postseason. Dominik Simon had shoulder surgery in March. Nick Bjugstad had spinal surgery in April.

After the Penguins quick exit from the NHL bubble and postseason, Evgeni Malkin underwent elbow surgery and Zach Aston-Reese had shoulder surgery.

Simon and Aston-Reese will not be ready for the start of next season if it begins as planned in December. Both will be inactive until after the new year.

The Penguins suffered 302 man-games lost this season, which was fourth most in the NHL. The Penguins led the league in the dubuis category for much of the season and also led the league in significance for much of the season, too. All injury stats according to

This season Sidney Crosby scored 47 points, including 16 goals in 41 games.

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Scott Baron
Scott Baron
2 years ago

Arthroscopic debridement is a minimal surgery with a rapid recovery. The question is what is the underlying pathology. If the underlying path is mild DJD(arthritis) then no problem. If it’s an old ununited fracture then this is a significant and chronic problem.

2 years ago

Sounds like the Pens got all their excuses lined up for next seasons early exit from the playoffs or maybe next year they wont even make it.