For the Blue Jackets, this year's trade deadline was all about adding depth on both ends of the ice. Wednesday, the team acquired 30-year-old forward Lauri Korpikoski (8-12-20, 60 GP) from the Dallas Stars and 31-year-old defenseman Kyle Quincey (4-8-12, 53 GP) from the New Jersey Devils.
"I'm thrilled that our room is still our room and this adds to it," head coach John Tortorella said. "These are two good adds for us as we're growing as a young team."
After a busy 24 hours that had both players hastily packing their things and flying into Columbus, they joined their new team on the ice for morning skate Thursday and both played their first game in a Jackets sweater against the Minnesota Wild that night.
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Korpikoski, who played for Tortorella as an NHL rookie, stands at 6-foot-1, 193 lbs., and has 600 regular season games and 30 post-season games under his belt. He has the ability to play on both sides of the ice and is known for his prowess on the penalty kill.
A speedy player, Korpikoski played a high-tempo game during his time with his former team in Dallas and thinks that the way the Jackets play will suit his skill set.
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"I met with Tortorella briefly this morning," Korpikoski said. "They gave me a little bit of information but not too much in the first day. We'll just get going right away. It's where you feel most comfortable being on the ice right now, because everything else is new."
Korpikoski heralds from Finland, so joining a roster with other players from his home country is something Korpikoski looks forward to, even if he's going to have to challenge fellow countryman Joonas Korpisalo for the nickname "Korpi."
"As an older guy I'm going to stick with the 'Korpi," Korpikoski joked. "I will have to make up a new nickname for him within the next 24 hours."
On the other end of the ice, Quincy, who comes to the Jackets having played with Ryan Murray at the 2012 World Championships, and knowing Sam Gagner and Scott Hartnell, says his style of play has always adapted to any team with which he has played. He likes to concentrate on his defensive play and get the puck to forward so they can "do their jobs."
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Quincey, (6'2", 216 lbs.) will be looking to share the wisdom he's garnered from 54 games of playoff experience with this young Jackets' team.
"(Leadership) is not preaching, it's more your calmness and your professionalism and showing how to act by example," Quincey said. "It's going to be fun playing here. We have a big stretch of games coming up. I think the experience going into the playoffs is just as important for getting ready for the playoffs. At the end of the day it's still hockey."
And while Quincey had to pack up his things within a matter of hours after hearing he was traded, he'll have an opportunity to go back and get the rest of his stuff. The Jackets play the Devils in New Jersey Mar. 5 and then welcome them to Nationwide Arena Mar. 7.
"t's going to be weird," Quincey said. "A lot of times (a trade) happens over the summer and then you go back. This happened to me in Colorado too. It can be very nerve wracking but obviously having done it before definitely helps."
With 21 games remaining in the regular season, both Korpikoski and Quincey are looking to be a part of a post-season run, including the work that goes into this final stretch of games.
"Our young players can ask (these guys) questions about certain situations," Tortorella said. "Even about this time of year when you're fighting to get in, and how you go about your business.
"I think we're on the right road and it's coming together even stronger."
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