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Buffalo Sabres re-sign veteran defenceman Teppo Numminen to one-year deal

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (CP) - The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed unrestricted free-agent defenceman Teppo Numminen to a US$2.6-million, one-year contract.

"It was an easy decision to come back," Numminen told the Buffalo News from his home in Finland. "Being there two years, I really enjoyed myself and my family really felt comfortable in Buffalo. That was my first choice."

Numminen, 39, had two goals, 27 assists and a plus-17 rating while missing only three games last season.

"We are delighted to have Teppo back for a third season in Buffalo," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said Wednesday in a statement. "He provides great leadership and is a steadying influence on our blue-line, while continuing to act as a positive role model for our younger defencemen both on and off the ice."

In 16 playoff games he added four assists and had a team-high plus-10 rating, which tied with Anaheim Ducks Chris Pronger and Samuel Pahlsson for the league post-season lead.

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