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05-14-2013, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Sabretip View Post

It may be the deciding factor but I definitely think it was one reason in keeping Numminen - Armia will be coming to North America this fall and having a big adjustment. Whether it's in Rochester or in Buffalo, it's foreseeable that the Sabres want to try to make his adjustment as smooth as possible - and without any other Finns on the roster or organization, having a veteran / hero like Numminen to help oversee Armia (even if more of a "big brother" / mentor rather than skills coach) makes sense. A lot of the talk coming out of Regier and Rolston has been on the importance of teaching the young players the responsibilities and requirements of being a professional - and Numminen's career and history surely help in that regard, especially for a young guy like Armia who probably grew up watching and idolizing Numminen in Finland.
Did we trade Ville Leino?

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