No surgery for Mats

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

Mats Sundin's recovery from a left eye injury is picking up steam.

The Maple Leafs captain was examined by Dr. Rob Devenyi yesterday in Toronto and it was determined he does not need laser eye surgery to clear his retina of fluid.

"We don't have a crystal ball, but we do not expect there will be any surgical intervention required at all," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said. "It's good news. (Sundin's vision) is significantly better than it was seven days ago. We're very pleased, encouraged, and the main thing remains Mats' health long-term."

Sundin, who took part in some light skating twice on the weekend, suffered the injury on Oct. 5 early in the Leafs' season opener against the Ottawa Senators. He also suffered a broken left orbital bone, but it was determined earlier he did not need an operation on the bone.

There remains no set date for Sundin's return to the lineup or when he can start to practise with his teammates. He will be re-assessed in six or seven days.

Sundin said he expects to start skating more now.

"The good news is no surgery," Sundin said. "There is really nothing to do now (but wait). I just have to make the eye right to the point where I can play. It's going to be day by day. I would be very surprised if (I am out)longer (than the original estimate of up to six weeks)."


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