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Sabres' Numminen recovering; release expected in days

Updated: September 25, 2007, 1:06 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen is recovering from open heart surgery and is expected to be released from a Cleveland hospital within days, the team's doctor said.

The 39-year-old Finn said he could return to the Sabres by December. He had surgery last week to repair a faulty valve.

"Teppo's feeling stronger every day, and hopefully he will be released from the hospital in the next several days," Buffalo team doctor William Hartrich said Tuesday ...

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