Sundin news just what doctor ordered

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Mats Sundin finally is in charge of his own fate.

Having received medical clearance yesterday to begin practising with his Maple Leaf teammates, the decision regarding a return date now rests in the hands of the Toronto captain and not the doctors, as had been the case.

Tomorrow will mark one month since Sundin suffered a fractured left orbital bone when he was struck by a puck during the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 5.

General manager John Ferguson did not rule out the possibility of Sundin playing on Thursday in Carolina against the Hurricanes, although that could be wishful thinking.

"Let's see how he feels," Ferguson said last night. "That would be pretty quick, at least from a conditioning standpoint."

Ferguson insisted the organization would not put any pressure on the big Swede.

"He will not be rushed," Ferguson said, adding that "his vision continues to improve significantly."

Sundin's first full on-ice workout with his teammates is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

"It'll be nice to see the big mule out there," forward Darcy Tucker said. "We've missed him, especially his presence with the hockey club.

"It'll be good to see him on the road trips. He's a Maple Leaf through and through. He brings it for us every day he comes to the rink."

Sundin is on record as saying he will wear a visor when he does step back on to the ice for a regular-season game.


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