Mats won't need surgery

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

The immediate future for Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin appears to be bright.

Leafs coach Pat Quinn said last night surgery is not expected for Sundin, who suffered a fractured left orbital bone in the season opener last Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators.

"(Team doctors) don't seem to think it requires surgery," Quinn said after the Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at the Air Canada Centre.

"There is a fracture there, but it is not displaced. From a progress standpoint, things seem to be moving along, as far as the medical people are concerned, in good order."

Sundin suffered the injury early in the opener when he was hit with the puck.

The next question is when to expect to see Sundin back in uniform. That, for now, remains up in the air.

Though Sundin has been injured in the past and for the most part usually has recovered quicker than initially expected, a fractured orbital bone is a different kettle of fish.

There have been estimations of anywhere from two weeks to six weeks regarding the amount of time Sundin will sit out.

"We did not have a definite time because there were so many ifs involved with it," Quinn said. "We still don't have a tentative time. Optimistic people keep reminding us how quickly Mats heals, but this is an unusual one."


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