On Tuesday, it was reported that Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby has successfully undergone arthroscopic wrist surgery. As a result, he will be sidelined for the next three-to-four weeks in order to recover.
Two weeks ago, teammate Evgeni Malkin was forced to undergo elbow surgery that will take a similar recovery process. In addition, Zach Aston-Reese underwent shoulder surgery that will sideline him for the next six months.
After securing back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, the Penguins have been on a downward spiral as of late. In early August, the team was eliminated in the postseason after losing 3-1 in a series to the Montreal Canadiens.
Despite dealing with a core muscle injury this season, Crosby remained an elite part of the Penguins’ roster. He totaled 47 points across the regular season, as well as a team-high three points in the series against the Canadiens.
“It’s been a tough year and a half,” Crosby said. “Not playing a lot of hockey with the long offseason, only playing 20 games, coming back for a short period and then having this [an upset loss in the qualifying round].”
Crosby, 33, still has five years remaining on his 12-year contract. He has accumulated two MVP’s and three Stanley Cups during his tenure with Pittsburgh.