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.”
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?
Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.
Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.
The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.
“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.
The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.
Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.