Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s regular season scoring champion in 2013-14 and winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP, was strangely a non-factor during the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring one goal in 13 games. Many wondered if Crosby was injured. Crosby consistently denied it.
But now comes news that Crosby will have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist “to repair damage that a source said impeded his performance in the postseason,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari reports.
Molinari’s source goes on to say Crosby played “with a terrible wrist” during the playoffs. Another anonymous source, an individual close to Crosby, told Molinari that the surgery “is not major, but you can’t play the same way” with the kind of injury Crosby had.
The origin of Crosby’s injury is unknown, as is whether he told team officials about it during the playoffs. He is not expected to miss any time next season and decided to have the surgery only after therapy was unsuccessful.
The Penguins collapsed after taking a 3-1 lead over the Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, losing in seven games. It was the fifth straight season in which Pittsburgh lost to a lower-seeded team. Coach Dan Bylsma and General Manager Ray Shero were both fired after the season.
In the aftermath of the loss, the Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier called out both the Penguins’ star and the franchise himself:
It would be terrible if the Penguins concealed a Crosby injury throughout these 2014 playoffs.
It would be worse if they have not.
Because if the Captain isn’t hurt, then he simply skated indifferently, fanned on shots, mishandled the puck and was just awful enough to take Dan Bylsma’s team out of these playoffs prematurely. That he will probably take Bylsma’s Penguins career with it, along with perhaps general manager Ray Shero’s, along with who knows whom or what else, all while collecting something just this side of $9 million is more than enough to remove him as the so-called face of the NHL.