Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent defenseman Teppo Numminen.
Last season, Numminen finished second on the team in scoring among defensemen with 40 points (2+38). Numminen also appeared in 12 playoff games, collecting two points (1+1).
During the 2005-06 regular season, Numminen hit a dubious mark in NHL history by setting the record for the highest assist total without scoring a goal with 33. Numminen notched his first tally on March 11 against Philadelphia. The 2005-06 season also marked the first time in Numminen's career that his team had advanced beyond the second round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"We are delighted to have Teppo back for the upcoming season," Regier said. "He brings a lot of different things to the team and provides great leadership and a positive example for our younger defensemen."
A proven power-play defenseman with strong skating and passing skills, Numminen has eclipsed the 40-point plateau seven times in his career. His top two seasons were 54 points (11-43) in 1995-96 with Winnipeg, and 48 (13-35) in 2001-02 with Phoenix.
In 1235 career games, the 38-year-old native of Tampere, Finland, has scored 113 goals to go with 478 assists and 459 penalty minutes. Numminen has scored 39 career power-play goals, including six in both the 1995-96 and 1997-98 seasons.
Numminen was taken in the second round (29th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Numminen has appeared in three NHL All-Star Games (1999, 2000, 2001), and he represented Finland in the 2006, 2002, 1998 and 1988 Winter Olympics.