Sidney Crosby is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist within the next few days to repair damage that a source said impeded his performance in the postseason.
Despite saying during and after the Stanley Cup playoffs that he was at full health, the Penguins center "did play with a terrible wrist," the source said Tuesday night.
Crosby could not be reached for comment.
An individual close to Crosby, who requested anonymity, said the surgical procedure "is not major, but you can't play the same way" with the kind of injury Crosby had.
The NHL MVP is not expected to miss any time next season, the source said. Crosby decided to have the operation only after therapy failed to correct the problem.
It is not known precisely when or how he was injured.
Crosby won the NHL's regular-season scoring championship with 104 points but managed just one goal and eight assists in 13 playoff games, good for a share of third place in the team scoring race.
Crosby consistently denied during the playoffs -- and after -- that he was playing injured.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG.