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Sabres to evaluate whether Numminen can return to ice

Updated: March 18, 2008, 2:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Defenseman Teppo Numminen rejoined the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday for a thorough evaluation to determine whether he can resume playing six months after having open-heart surgery.

"I'm back," Numminen told The Associated Press as he arrived at HSBC Arena with his equipment bag and two sticks during the Sabres full-team practice. Numminen said he would practice on his own later in the day.

Coach Lindy Ruff said the team's training staff is evaluating ...

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