BUFFALO -- Long-time NHL defenseman Teppo Numminen didn't need much convincing to take the ice again Saturday.
On the first day of full Buffalo camp, Numminen was officially named a new assistant coach of the team and happily skated during its practices. Numminen said he and Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier had informally talked about the hiring and that it gained serious traction right before preseason opened. The Sabres were Numminen's final NHL team, from where he retired after the 2008-09 season.
"We always had good talks about hockey. He said they are going to do something with me. I said, 'I'm in,'" Numminen said. "Everything is kind of new, but old. It's a great honor. I'm just really happy to be part of their (young players') career."
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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