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[Signing] PHX Signs Lauri Korpikoski

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The Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday re-signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to sign Lauri to a multi-year contract," general manager Don Maloney said. "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 six goals and 11 points 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 37 points (17 goals). 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," Korpikoski said. "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 goals and 113 points. He has also appeared in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording two goals and five points.

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 (No. 19) in the 2004 NHL Draft.


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