Sabres: Defenseman Teppo Numminen needs surgery to correct heart problem


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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen needs a third surgery to correct a heart condition.
It's not known when Numminen, who's consulting with team physicians, will have the procedure and how much time he will miss. The 39-year-old did not report for team physicals Thursday.

"After undergoing examination in connection with his preseason evaluation, the Buffalo Sabres medical team has determined that (Numminen) requires surgery to correct a cardiac condition," general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement.
Numminen, the team's alternate captain this past season, already has had two heart surgeries for an irregular heartbeat, including one in the summer of 2006 after the condition forced him to miss one game and part of another during a playoff series against Philadelphia. Regier said this third surgery will be different from the two previous.
The native of Finland has had a heart murmur since childhood and was diagnosed with a dilated aorta in March 2004 when he was with the Dallas Stars. He missed five games because of the condition before being cleared to play.
Numminen finished with 29 points in 79 games last season.
His agent, Don Baizley, was not immediately available for comment. "It's early in the process," Regier said. "We'll move along at his schedule and see where he goes with it and what he wants to do.";_y...LYF?slug=ap-sabres-numminen&prov=ap&type=lgns


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What a tough break for the guy. This really sucks. Im not a huge Sabres fan but this guy I have the upmost respect for and his abilities as a hockey player. I hope he can pull through it all and feel better afterward.


Numminen is maybe the most important player for Sabres.
Afinogenov scores goals, Connolly leads of the offence, but you see Teppo's experience.


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You need his experience with such a young squad over in Buffalo this year. Will he be out for the whole year or just part? I never herd the full story on this yet.

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This really sucks for Buffalo. They lost a lot of firepower this year offensively, and now they are losing a top defensemen. They are really going to have to work hard this year if they want to make the playoffs.


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They still have an abundant amount of star power left its just that the guys they have in place will need to step up a bit more then they have over the last few years and the guys that are doing good like Afinagenov , Roy , Miller etc all need to keep having good years and the Sabres should be fine.


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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Sabres defenceman Teppo Numminen will require a few days of rest after having successful open heart surgery to repair a faulty valve on Thursday.
"Teppo Numminen's surgery was a success and there were no complications," Sabres doctor William Hartrich said after speaking to the doctor who performed the surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. "Teppo is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for the next several days."
Numminen learned he required surgery after a routine checkup in Cleveland earlier this month. Barring complications in his recovery, the 39-year-old said prior to the surgery that he's determined to resume playing and could return to the lineup as soon as December.
The 18-year NHL veteran added that doctors said he would be able to continue living a normal life.
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.
Numminen said he's had two "procedures" to alleviate the problem, but noted this time it's different. He said doctors would work on his heart by opening his rib cage.
Saying they're following league guidelines, the Sabres suspended Numminen without pay because of his health. Numminen signed a US$2.6-million, one-year contract in July
Thank God the procedure was a success. He is one of the best pure defensive players around and you hate to hear about something like this happening.