Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing wrist surgery.
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The team made the announcement on Wednesday. General manager Ron Hextall said surgery was needed to address a lingering problem and Crosby would be out for at least six weeks.
“After exhausting all minimally invasive options and much discussion, it was decided that the surgery was in his best interest,” Hextall said in a statement.
The Penguins begin training camp later this month and begin the 2021-22 season on the road against two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay on October 12. The door to a possible Crosby routine would likely open around October 20 at the earliest.
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Crosby, 34, missed just one game in the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 season, finishing with 24 goals and 38 assists to help the Penguins win the East Division title. He scored one goal and one assist in six games in Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to the New York Islanders.