Korpikoski scored his second goal of the season in a 4-2 win over the Flames on Thursday. The tally brings the depth forward up to four points and 24 shots on goal on the season, which is right around the pace of his 22-point campaign with the Oilers last year. He doesn't do much by way of other peripheral stats to offset his lack of production for fantasy purposes, so he can probably be safely avoided in the vast majority of formats.
Korpikoski was released from his professional tryout with the Flames on Sunday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports. The 30-year-old forward has played at least 64 games in each of the last three seasons, so he's proven that he can stick around in the NHL. If he ends up on another team, he could provide some depth on the wing.
Korpikoski signed a professional tryout agreement with the Flames on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsbet reports. The former No. 19 overall pick in the 2004 draft played with Edmonton during the 2015-16 campaign, totaling 22 points over 71 games. Korpikoski stands out as a top-notch skater with a quick release that helped him tally 40 and 37 points, respectively, with the Coyotes in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. Now at 30 years old, he should still have plenty left in the tank but given his diminished production over his last four seasons, he projects as a third or fourth liner if he gets signed to the Flames longterm.
The Oilers placed Korpikoski on unconditional waivers Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. He will be subjected to a contract buyout. Korpikoski is a modest offensive producer, though he's a huge liability on the defensive end. Case in point, the 29-year-old has logged a minus-54 rating in 540 career games split between the Rangers, Coyotes, and Oilers, respectively. Buying out Korpikoski's contract would save Edmonton $2 million in 2016-17.
Korpikoski had 10 goals and 12 assists for Edmonton this season. Korpikoski was also a minus 17 which would seem to indicate that he isn't the most defensively responsible of forwards. He will likely remain a bottom six forward with Edmonton next season.
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