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Sidney Crosby reportedly needs right wrist surgery

The Penguins center is not expected to miss any time during the upcoming season after the procedure, which hasn't yet been confirmed by the team.

Bruce Bennett

Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby is slated for arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist within the week, per a report from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The surgery is not expected to cause Crosby, the reigning Hart Trophy winner as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, to miss any time during the 2014-15 season, and Molinari's source said the procedure was decided on after offseason therapy didn't correct the injury:

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.

Crosby had his healthiest season in years in 2013-14, winning the scoring total with 104 points and playing in 80 games, 22 more than he played in the previous two campaigns combined. But after averaging 1.3 points per game during the regular season, Crosby was held to one goal and eight assists in 13 postseason games.

The Penguins were eliminated in seven games by the Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite Crosby denying that he was playing hurt during the playoffs, a source told Molinari that the center "did play with a terrible wrist" during the postseason.