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Rangers deal Korpikoski to Coyotes

Monday, 07.13.2009 / 8:48 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

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Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney, who’s made numerous deals with his former team, the New York Rangers, made another one on Monday.
 
This time, Maloney acquired the rights to left wing Lauri Korpikoski, New York’s first-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, from the Rangers in exchange for the rights to right wing Enver Lisin. Both players are restricted free agents.

Korpikoski, 22, appeared in 68 games with the Rangers as a rookie in 2008-09, scoring 6 goals and adding 8 assists for 14 points with 14 penalty minutes. He had two assists in the Rangers’ seven playoff games.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Turku, Finland, spent the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons with Hartford of the American Hockey League, scoring 34 goals and adding 54 assists for 88 points with and 94 PIM in 157 games. Korpikoski represented Finland at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championship tournaments. He helped lead Finland to the bronze medal in 2006 while ranking tying for fifth in the tournament with 5 assists.
 
Prior to his North American career, Korpikoski played two seasons of professional hockey in Finland.
 
Maloney was the Rangers’ assistant general manager when Korpikoski was selected five years ago.

Lisin, a 23-year-old from Russia who was taken in the second round by Phoenix in 2004, had 13 goals and 8 assists for 21 points with 24 PIM for the Coyotes in 48 games last season. In 78 career NHL games, all with Phoenix, Lisin has 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points, with 46 PIM.
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