Apr 12, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) at the face-off circle against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sidney Crosby To Be Slowed By Wrist Ailment?

Sidney Crosby has avoided having to undergo wrist surgery.

That’s the good news.

And for the most part, the only rehabilitation he’ll have to go through is non-operational. So, it looks as though Crosby will be fine entering the 2014-15 campaign. Won’t he?

While escaping the knife is beneficial because it’ll prevent a long timetable for recovery with the rehab immediately following, there’s no telling if Crosby’s ailment will linger and/or affect his play.

Last time I checked, your wrist is a vital body part you need in order to play hockey. Just ask Beau Bennett. And if Crosby’s infamous “concussion” was any indication that you shouldn’t trust everything you hear, his wrist is certainly worrying me.

Crosby scored just 11 points (2G, 9A) this past postseason, and it was probably his worst playoff performance to date for a reason. I understand general manager Jim Rutherford has assured the public Crosby will continue to receive the proper treatment, but with No. 87, you really don’t know how severe the injury is. It’s clear the ailment was bothersome enough to interfere with his playoff showcasing.

During and following the playoffs, Crosby remained adamant that he was healthy. However, that may have just been the competitor and reluctance to let anything leak out into the media in him. So, really, what can you trust? You’d like to hope Crosby is 100-percent, ready to go, with no lingering effects come opening night, but it’s skeptical at this point.

Personally, I’m not going to state anything at the risk of it actually occurring, so I’ll just say that Crosby’s production may see a decline if his wrist isn’t entirely healed. Understandably, Crosby, of all players, is uninterested in the idea of undergoing surgery, but it’s wise in some instances. And, perhaps, Crosby really doesn’t need surgery. Who knows.

But these words in Rutherford’s statement are concerning to me – per the Pens’ website: “Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September.” Evaluated regularly. Now, of course, they’re probably just saying they’re keeping an eye on his wrist as his workouts become more rigorous, but this injury became apparent in early July, which will give him close to three months of healing it.

If something wasn’t all too big of a deal, and didn’t require surgery, wouldn’t “evaluated regularly” make you a little weary? And if Crosby isn’t entirely healthy, based off his playoff numbers, you can bet there’ll be a drop in production.

I guess we won’t truly know until that first game if Crosby is slowed or not. For Pittsburgh’s sake, I hope he isn’t.

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