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Sabres assign goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester

The Sabres have assigned goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester, a positive sign in his recovery from hip surgery.

Luukkonen, 20, underwent surgery in April and was given a six-month estimated timeline for recovery. He spent much of the offseason in Buffalo, where he worked with Sabres goalie development coach Seamus Kotyk and Dennis Miller, the team's head of rehab and development. Luukkonen has continued to work with both.

Luukkonen made his professional debut in Rochester's season finale, making 32 saves against Belleville to earn his first win. He was unable to practice with the Amerks during their short playoff run and later revealed that he had been playing through hip discomfort.

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