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Numminen cleared to rejoin team six months after surgery

Updated: March 19, 2008, 9:05 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen has been cleared to rejoin the team six months after having open heart surgery.

Numminen will practice with the Sabres on Thursday after completing a two-day evaluation, the team announced during the first intermission of their game against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

He hasn't been cleared to play in a game. Buffalo has eight regular-season games remaining.

"We'll have a better sense of where his fitness level is and ...

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