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Numminen released from hospital, recovering at home @NHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Teppo Numminen has gone home from a Cleveland hospital as the Buffalo Sabres defenseman continues to recover from open heart surgery.

"Teppo was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday evening and is now resting comfortable at home," Sabres doctor William Hartrich said in a statement Thursday. "His post-operative recovery continues to be excellent and Teppo's right on schedule for a full recovery. His spirits are great and he's getting stronger every day."

Numminen, 39, had surgery Sept. 20 to repair a faulty valve. Numminen has said he planned to continue playing after doctors informed him that, barring complications, he would continue to live a normal life. Numminen added he could return to the Sabres by December.

The Finnish player and 18-year NHL veteran 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 2006.

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