Thursday, July 11, 2013
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to sign Lauri to a multi-year contract,” said Maloney. “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.”
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Korpikoski recorded 6-5-11 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 36 games. The 26-year-old native of Turku, Finland played in a career-high 82 games in 2011-12 and ranked fifth on the Coyotes in scoring with 17-20-37. His three shorthanded goals ranked tied for fourth in the NHL that season. During the 2010-11 season, Korpikoski set career highs in goals (19), assists (21), points (40) and game-winning goals (4).
“I am very happy to be back with the Coyotes,” said Korpikoski. “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, registering 53-60-113 and 76 PIM. He has also appeared in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 2-3-5 and six PIM.
Phoenix acquired Korpikoski from the New York Rangers in exchange for Enver Lisin on July 13, 2009. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the first round (19th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.