Wednesday, July 20, 2011GLENDALE, ARIZONA –
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have avoided the arbitration process and re-signed forward Lauri Korpikoski
to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to sign Lauri to a two-year contract,” said Maloney. "Lauri is an excellent skater, a versatile forward and an important player on our team. We are happy to avoid arbitration and finalize a contract."
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Korpikoski led the team with two short-handed goals and was tied for second on the team in goals (19) and plus-minus (plus-17). Korpikoski collected a career-high three assists in a win vs. Calgary on Nov. 12, 2010. He was fifth on the team in scoring (19-21-40) and recorded a career-high five-game point streak (2-5-7) from Jan. 10 –Jan. 17, 2011.
The 24-year-old native of Turku, Finland set new career highs in goals (19), assists (21), points (40), game-winning goals (4) and games played (79) during the 2010-11 season. The Coyotes were 21-6-3 when he registered a point, 11-5-1 when he scored a goal and 13-4-2 record when he collected an assist.
In three NHL seasons with the Coyotes and New York Rangers, Korpikoski has played in 218 regular season games, registering 30-35-65 and 50 PIM. He has also appeared in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 2-3-5 and four 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 Entry Draft.