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Coyotes re-sign Korpikoski to four-year contract

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 1:04 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Coyotes re-sign Korpikoski to four-year contract
The Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday re-signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday re-signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CapGeek reports the deal is worth $10 million, with an average annual value of $2.5 million.

"We are pleased to sign Lauri to a multiyear contract," general manager Don Maloney said. "Lauri is an intelligent, two-way forward, an effective penalty-killer and an excellent skater. We are excited to have him back with us in Phoenix this season."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward had six goals and 11 points in 36 games last season. The 26-year-old native of Turku, Finland, played in a career-high 82 games in 2011-12 and ranked fifth on the Coyotes with 37 points (17 goals). His three shorthanded goals were tied for fourth in the NHL. During the 2010-11 season, Korpikoski set career highs in goals (19), assists (21), points (40) and game-winning goals (four).

"I am very happy to be back with the Coyotes," Korpikoski said. "We have a great group of players here and an excellent coaching staff. It's a great organization and this is where I wanted to play. "

In five NHL seasons with the Coyotes and New York Rangers, Korpikoski has played in 336 regular-season games, with 53 goals and 113 points. He has appeared in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games, with two goals and five points.

Phoenix acquired Korpikoski from New York in exchange for Enver Lisin on July 13, 2009. He was chosen by the Rangers in the first round (No. 19) in the 2004 NHL Draft.

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