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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that Sidney Crosby will not require surgery on his injured right wrist, but agent Pat Brisson said surgery is still a possibility if treatment doesn't work.

"If this treatment works, you avoid surgery and move on," Pat Brisson told the Post-Gazette on Tuesday. "If it doesn't, he will have to go that (surgical) route."

Brisson did not provide specific details on the treatment, but said Crosby will receive injections and determine over the next few weeks whether surgery is necessary.

The Post-Gazette reported last week that Crosby was set to have surgery, and Brisson said that was true until another doctor suggested the injections.

"We scheduled an appointment with another physician and were told (Monday) that with this certain treatment, this may work," he told the paper. "It's a form of injection that has been proven to work, but sometimes it doesn't work. I don't want to get into all the details.

"It's a medical way of treating certain injuries."

Brisson said Crosby's injury is to the wrist/hand area, and was first suffered in March.

On Tuesday, the Penguins announced Crosby would avoid surgery.

"After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby's wrist," the team announced Tuesday via Twitter. "Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September."

---The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi, the team announced Wednesday.

Lombardi, 32, skated in 46 games with Geneve-Servette of National League A (NLA) in Switzerland this past season, registering 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points, along with 54 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. He led the NLA in assists and points, while tying for sixth in the league in goals. In the playoffs, Lombardi registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 games.

Lombardi recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season.

---The San Jose Sharks and defenseman Jason Demers agreed to two-year contract.

Demers' contract is worth $3.4 million per season, according to Hockey Night In Canada. Demers, 26, had career highs of five goals and 34 points in 75 games last season. He had one assist in seven Stanley Cup playoff games.

The Sharks also signed defenseman Taylor Doherty to a one-year contract.

---The St. Louis Blues signed forward Benn Ferriero to a one-year, two-way contract.

Ferriero, 27, played two games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but spent the majority with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. He ranked second on the team with 19 goals and third with 39 points in 54 regular-season games.

---The Boston Bruins signed forward Jordan Caron to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000, according to TVA Sports.

Caron had one goal and two assists in 35 games for the Bruins last season, and the 23-year-old was a restricted free agent.

---The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Peter Holland to a two-year contract.

Holland, 23, had five goals and 10 points in 39 games with the Maple Leafs last season. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound forward also had five goals and 10 points in 14 regular-season games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

---The Florida Panthers and center Brandon Pirri agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Pirri, 23, had 13 goals and 25 points in 49 games with the Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks last season. The 6-foot, 183-pound center was acquired by the Panthers from Chicago on March 2. In 21 games with Florida, he had seven goals and seven assists.

---The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forward Carl Klingberg on a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.

Klingberg, 23, played in three games with the Winnipeg Jets last season. In that time, he recorded his first NHL goal on April 11 at Calgary.

---The Buffalo Sabres announced they re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract.

The restricted free agent was given a qualifying offer after splitting last season between the Sabres and the team's Rochester affiliate in the AHL. He has one assist in 28 career NHL games and four goals and 24 assists in 47 AHL games.

---The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent goaltender Jean-Francois Berube.

The 23-year-old Berube is a 6-foot-1, 177-pound native of Repentigny, Quebec. Berube has appeared in 53 AHL regular-season games in his career, including a career-high 48 games in 2013-14. He posted a 28-17-2 record and three shutouts.
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