Penguins notebook: Decision on surgery for Crosby still up in the air


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Penguins center Sidney Crosby injured his right wrist “during the season,” general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement released Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported earlier Wednesday that Crosby faces arthroscopic surgery on that wrist to correct an injury that limited his effectiveness in the playoffs, and that the team captain is not expected to miss any playing time in the 2014-15 season.

“Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season,” Rutherford said in the statement. “Sid is continuing to get medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week.”

Crosby was not available to address the injury. He consistently claimed during and after the playoffs that he was healthy.

It’s not clear when or how he was injured. He won the NHL scoring title with 104 points and the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP, plus a gold medal with Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics. But he had just two of his 36 goals over his final 10 regular-season games and none over his final five.

In the postseason, he had one goal, eight assists in 13 games, leading to rampant speculation that he was hindered in some way or he underachieved.

Spaling arbitration set

The salary arbitration hearing for forward Nick Spaling has been set for July 31, the NHL Players’ Association announced.

Spaling, who was acquired by the Penguins from Nashville last month in the James Neal trade, made $1.5 million with the Predators last season. He had 13 goals, 32 points in 71 games. He was the Penguins’ only restricted free agent who filed for arbitration.

The Penguins can continue to negotiate with Spaling, 25. Contract deals often are struck before arbitration hearing dates in the NHL.

The team’s most prominent restricted free agent, center Brandon Sutter, is in talks with the Penguins, according to his agent.

Agent Craig Oster said by email that the sides “have ongoing discussions” and “are focused on trying to find a mutually acceptable outcome.”

The length of a contract is believed to be a significant issue.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.

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