Buffalo Sabers re-sign Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to two-year deal

The Buffalo Sabers have re-signed goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a two-year contract, the club announced Wednesday.

Luukkonen’s new contract spans the 2023-24 season and carries an NHL cap of $837,500. Puckpedia reported Luukkonen’s deal includes unilateral compensation of $925,000 in 2023-24.

The Sabers originally selected Luukkonen in the second round (54th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. The Espoo, Finland product was the second goaltender selected in 2017, after only Jake Oettinger (No. 26 at Dallas).

Playing in his third professional season in North America, Luukkonen split his time between the Sabers and the Rochester Americans of the AHL in 2021-22. The 6’5″, 217-pound guard was 2–5–2 and .917 save percentage in nine appearances with Buffalo last year.

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Luukkonen spent most of the season on an average Rochester team, ending up with a 15–14–6 record and .900 save percentage in 35 games. In 60 career AHL games with the Americans, Luukkonen was 26-23-11 with one shutout and .894 save percentage.

The Sabers only have three goaltenders signed for the 2022-23 season: Luukkonen, Eric Comrie and Craig Anderson. Luukkonen was the Sabers’ last restricted free agent to sign this summer.

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