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Sidney Crosby spared wrist surgery

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, Art Ross Trophy and the Hart...

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy during the 2014 NHL Awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas in June. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

It appears Sidney Crosby will avoid going under the knife to repair his ailing wrist after all.

At least for the time being.

Contrary to a report that surfaced in Pittsburgh last week suggesting Crosby might take the surgery route in order to alleviate the injury, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford released a statement on Tuesday indicating Sid the Kid will rely on physical therapy to heal.

“After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby’s wrist. Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September,” Rutherford said.

Crosby's wonky wrist played a significant role in his muzzled offensive production during the 2014 playoffs, a run in which he scored just once and added eight assists in 13 games. The Penguins were eliminated in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the New York Rangers after having disposed of the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets in six hard-fought contests during the opening round.

Rutherford offered no assurances that Crosby would be ready for the start of the 2014-15 regular season.

Crosby won the league scoring title in 2013-14 and subsequently was named winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP.


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