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Crosby still undecided on wrist surgery, says Pens GM


Following a late Tuesday report that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby would be undergoing surgery to repair a damaged wrist, Pens GM Jim Rutherford released a statement clarifying what ails his superstar, and what the future has in store.

“Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season,” Rutherford said, per “Sid is getting 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.”

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported (via a source) that Crosby was playing with a “terrible wrist” and was set to undergo surgery in a matter of days as a result. The source said the surgery Crosby needs isn’t major, but he was unable to “play the same way” due to the injury.

Neither the report nor Rutherford’s statement addressed how Crosby hurt his wrist.


Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

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Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

From the club:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.