Sabres veteran Teppo Numminen was cleared to play in Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This news comes just over six months after Numminen underwent open heart surgery to repair valve damage.
Unfortunately the first-line defensemen may have returned too late for the Sabres as they are but one win from the Bruins and Flyers away from being eliminated.
Numminen's recovery was rocky at best, having been cleared to practice with the team in December, only to be told that he needed to stay off the ice in January to allow more time for his surgery to heal. Three arguous months later Numminen resumed practicing with his team and was placed on the active roster by GM Darcy Regier on Monday.
Numminen has led an excellent career including all-star appearances in 1999 and 2000. He is also the holder of an unsung record for most NHL games played by a European trained player (1314).
Teppo will not take the ice against Toronto on Tuesday, but is expected to have some ice time in the final two bouts of the season against Montreal on Thursday and Boston on Saturday.