Koivu suffered his eye injury during Montreal's opening round playoff series with the Hurricanes when he was struck by an errant high stick from Carolina's Justin Williams.
MONTREAL - Canadiens Team Doctor David Mulder announced Monday that Saku Koivu has been cleared to head home to Finland for the summer, as he continues to recover from surgery on his injured left eye.
Mulder issued the following medical update on team captain Koivu's condition:
"Saku underwent an eye examination on Friday, May 26 by Dr. John Little and Dr. Mila Oh which showed further improvement. He has now been cleared to travel and will fly to Finland later on today. His vision is improving steadily and his retina is healing well. During the course of the summer, follow-up examinations will be done by an ophthalmologist in Turku, Finland, and he will be on a progressive program to gradually increase his level of physical activity.
"Pending continued improvement as judged by his ophthalmologist in Finland, it is our hope that Saku will be fit to report to training camp in September and resume playing professional hockey."
Koivu underwent successful surgery on May 6, performed by Canadiens' ophthalmologist Dr. Little and retina specialist Dr. Oh, to repair a tear in the retina of his left eye. He has been recovering at his Montreal home since the surgery.