The Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to terms with UFA forward Lauri Korpikoski on a four-year deal worth $10 million, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
While not a household name, Korpikoski has been a productive contributor for Phoenix since arriving from New York in 2009.
He posted 19- and 17- goal seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and chipped in with 11 points in 36 games last year (missing extensive time with an upper-body injury.)
The 26-year-old Finn was the 19th overall selection at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and made some waves during the lockout when he suggested sending head coach Dave Tippett a DVD of his Finnish league exploits — he scored nine points in his first four games with TPS Turku — to “show that I can score on [the] power play.”
With the club locked into new ownership and the city of Glendale for at least the next five years, Phoenix feels it’s on a new level when it comes to offering players money and term — like, say, $10 million over four years for Korpikoski.
“Now we feel that we’re on an even playing field with the other 29 teams in the league in regards to what we can sell,” ‘Yotes GM Don Maloney told NHL.com. “We know we’re going to be here, we know who’s running the club and how we’re going to run it and it just makes my job much easier than it was.”
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?