Sidney Crosby out at least 6 weeks after wrist surgery

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing a procedure on his left wrist Wednesday.

That timeline means Crosby likely won’t be ready for the Penguins’ season opener Oct. 12 at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“This is not a new injury for Sid,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “It is something that he has played through for years. After exhausting all minimally-invasive options and much discussion, it was decided that surgery was in his best interest.”

Crosby’s surgery was performed in New York by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss, in collaboration with Penguins team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins said.

Crosby, 34, is entering his 17th NHL season and remains one of the league’s premier stars. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time league MVP has 1,325 points (486 goals, 839 assists) in his career.

In 2020-21, Crosby played in 55 games and tallied 24 goals and 38 assists for Pittsburgh, which hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs since winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.