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NUMMINEN DEEMED ABLE TO PLAY

Tuesday, 04.01.2008 / 6:11 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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NUMMINEN DEEMED ABLE TO PLAY
Teppo Numminen is ready for game action.

Prior to the Buffalo Sabres match-up with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, general manager Darcy Regier announced the team had lifted its suspension of the veteran defenseman.

The Sabres deemed Numminen "able to play" following on-ice testing on Tuesday morning and previous off-ice testing at HSBC Arena.

"There was a series of off-ice tests that were done down at the arena and then on-ice tests - different [skating] lengths, different distances.  It's just technical stuff that was done here today.

"He's fully able to be involved with contact, so that not an issue."

Regier said the decision when the blueliner would return to the lineup rested solely with head coach Lindy Ruff.

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Numminen has played two seasons with the Sabres, signing as a free agent in 2004. Last season he scored 29 points (2+27) in 79 games and recorded four assists in 16 playoff games.

On Nov. 13, 2006, Numminen played his 1,252nd game to break the mark set by Hall of Famer Jarri Kurri and finished the season with 1,314 games in his 18-year career. He has recorded a total of 115 goals and 505 assists.

The three-time all-star was a 1989 draft-pick, taken 29th overall by the Winnipeg Jets.

The Finnish player has had a heart murmur since childhood and was diagnosed with a dilated aorta in March 2004, when he was playing for the Dallas Stars. Numminen missed five games because of the condition before he was cleared to play.

The condition also forced him to miss one game and part of another during a playoff series against Philadelphia in spring 2006.

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