Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said Monday that he is fully recovered from last season’s right wrist injury and is 100 percent healthy going into training camp.
“Yeah, I feel good,” said Crosby, who joined teammates for an informal skate at CONSOL Energy Center. “I feel really good. The wrist isn’t even something I think about, to be honest with you.”
Crosby said he sustained the injury on a hit from Blues forward Ryan Reaves when the Penguins hosted St. Louis on March 22.
“I got hit by Reaves and I just jammed (my wrist),” Crosby said. “It was caught under me.”
On July 9, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Crosby had been undergoing treatment for the injury and was continuing to get medical advice to determine the best path moving forward – including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery.
Fortunately, doctors decided not to perform surgery on Crosby’s wrist. Rutherford said Crosby would continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepared for training camp.
“I was pretty close (to having surgery),” Crosby said. “Just something you want to avoid if you can. Fortunately, I was able to avoid it.”
Instead, Crosby received injections to treat his injured wrist.
“I think there was two (injections) in about a month,” he said. “So it was good. You don’t know at that point what’s going to happen, so it’s nice to know for now, (surgery) is something I can avoid.”
One thing Crosby couldn’t avoid this summer, however, was a false report in the Ottawa Sun on the morning of Sept. 3 that he had been arrested in Canada.
The fake story drew plenty of attention on social media, but was quickly discredited by Ottawa’s police chief Charles Bordeleau, who tweeted “We have had no dealings with Mr. Crosby.” QMI Agency, the paper’s ownership group, issued a retraction on their website a few hours after taking down the original story.
“Earlier today, QMI Agency reported that Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday on driving-related charges,” it read. “There was no basis for the story, and QMI unreservedly retracts the story in its entirety.”
Crosby, who was training in Colorado when all of this happened, woke up to a bunch of texts after the fake report was posted – including one from Penguins senior director of communications Jennifer Bullano alerting him of the situation.
“She said there was a false report out there and it was something to be aware of, so that was really the extent of it,” Crosby said. “I didn’t really ask too many questions, to be honest with you. It’s surprising that that can be written in that way and me not even be close to that place. It’s just one of those things you don’t even bother with. It’s just nonsense, so you just try to continue about your day. But I guess for 5 or 10 minutes, it’s something I had to make a phone call about. But I didn’t worry about it after that.
“It’s not the first time something’s been said that’s not true, and it won’t be the last. There’s nothing you can really do about it.”
These informal skates started right after Labor Day, and Monday marked the first time Crosby participated. And despite all of the changes that have happened since he was last here back in May, he said everyone in the locker room is looking ahead – not behind.
“I think you just move forward,” he said. “With so many new faces coming from the coaching staff right into all the players, I think the past is the past and we want to set goals and build something. We’ve got a lot of new guys, so it’s going to take everyone getting comfortable right away. I think that’s more the focus more so than what’s gone on in the past.
“Had a lot of time to get ready and get ready for the new year. I think it was a good summer, but definitely just want to get going here and get started.”