NHL Trade Rumors: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Linked To Metro Division Team

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, entering restricted free agency, has emerged as a potential prime target for the New Jersey Devils, who are eager to bolster their goaltending roster, according to Lyle Fitzsimmons of Bleacher Report.

The 25-year-old netminder, drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2017, showcased his potential with stellar performances in the latter half of the 2023-24 season. 

From January onward, Luukkonen posted a remarkable .919 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average over his final 36 starts, placing him among the top goaltenders in the league. These impressive performances have made him an attractive option for teams seeking a reliable presence between the pipes.

The Devils, with ample cap space and a pressing need for a stable goaltender, view Luukkonen as an ideal candidate to strengthen their lineup. 

Over his four-year NHL career, the 25-year-old holds a .904 SV%, 2.98 GAA, five shutouts, and a 47-41-10 record across 100 games played.

Speculations suggest that New Jersey could offer a five-year deal worth around $26 million to secure his services, as noted by Fitzsimmons. This potential move aligns with the Devils' strategy to build a competitive team around a solid core of young players. 

Given Buffalo's depth in young goaltending talent, including Devon Levi, the Sabres might be open to negotiations, making Luukkonen's switch to New Jersey a plausible scenario for the upcoming season.

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