Teppo’s back! That & other Sabres news
The Sabres’ average age just jumped a bit. The team announced on Friday that they have signed 40 year old Teppo Numminen to a one year, $1.1 million deal.
Numminen (7/3/1968, 6’2”, 198 lbs.) played 16:03 in Buffalo’s regular season finale against the Boston Bruins last season. He had missed the first 81 games of the season recovering from heart surgery that took place on September 20, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic. In three seasons with Buffalo, Numminen has scored 69 points (4+65) in 155 regular season games.
It is unclear whether Numminen will have a permanent spot in the lineup, but it is certain that he will continue to look like Bono from U2.
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The Sabres also announced on Friday that they have signed unrestricted free agent forward Tyler Bouck.
Bouck was the captain of the Portland Pirates last season, while he was a member of the Anaheim Ducks organization.
Bouck (1/13/1980, 6’0”, 196 lbs.) captained the Portland Pirates (AHL) last season, picking up 29 points ( 11+18 ) and 86 PIMs in 79 games. Bouck’s 11 goals matched his career-high set in 2003-04 with Manitoba. Since turning pro in the 2000-01 season, Bouck has also played for Utah, Springfield and Manitoba.
A native of Camrose, Alberta, the 28-year-old Bouck has 12 points ( 4+8 ) in 91 career NHL games with Dallas, Phoenix and Vancouver.
It’s unclear now whether or not he will remain Pirates captain.
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And like many of these signings the Sabres have been making to fill out the Portland roster, there’s rumors of a new deal before we get any official word.
There were random sources for the Darche, Wilson, and Bouck signings, so it wouldn’t be crazy to assume this is true.
Bonneau spent last season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones as part of the Montreal organization. The 23 year old played junior hockey with fellow Sabres prospect Marc-Andre Gragnani as a member of the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the QMJHL.