Sabres re-sign D Numminen

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - The Buffalo Sabres on Monday agreed to terms with defenseman Teppo Numminen on a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

A 17-year veteran, Numminen underwent surgery last week to correct an irregular heartbeat. The Finn has been cleared by doctors to resume playing.

“We are delighted to have Teppo back for the upcoming season,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier siad. “He brings a lot of different things to the team and provides great leadership and a positive example to our younger defensemen.”

Signing Numminen was a priority since the Sabres lost defenseman Jay McKee in free agency to St. Louis.

In his first season in Buffalo, the 38-year-old Numminen was a major reason why the Sabres won a franchise-record 52 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals. He registered two goals and 38 assists in 75 games.

A second-round pick of Winnipeg in 1988, Numminen has collected 113 goals and 591 points in 1,235 career games.

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Updated Monday, Jul 3, 2006