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Korpikoski to the KHL? Maybe (UPDATE: Koive to Ducks)

As per Blueshirt Banter, RFA Lauri Korpikoski, who was allegedly lowballed by Glen Sather, is considering a move to the KHL:

Timra is looking to replace Mika Pyorala, and may do so with Lauri Korpikoski. The article says the Rangers want to keep Korpikoski, but made him a lowball offer, and that he has allegedly received an offer from the KHL.

If I understand it right, the offer is $1.5M a year.

The article also says Korpi is good friends with former Ranger Jarkko Immonen

That’s the best I can do guys, but it doesn’t take a perfect translation to see this may not be good news.

The original article, located here, is in Swedish, so you have to take what the translator Jim at Blueshirt Banter used with a grain of salt.

That said, this is where Sather’s horrible trend of low balling RFAs really comes to bite us in the ass. But when you think about it, The Korpedo made $984,000 last season, and the qualifying offer is a 5% raise, which is roughly $1.03 million. Just give him the $1.1 or $1.2 million and keep him in Blue Slats.

Update 2:15pm: We can all sleep a little easier tonight knowing that Glen Sather did not sign Saku Koivu, as the pivot signed a deal with Anaheim for one-year, $3.25 million. That’s $3.25 million well-not-spent.

There is an awful lot going on today. Wow.

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    • Ah, yea, well, Sather isn’t the most consistent of GMs. It’s like a heart attack with him.

      Throwing $1.4 at Brashear, but not even getting Korpikoski for what is probably going to be less? Shame.

      • icant honestly think Sather will let Korpikoski go. Surely, disregarding any progress offesnively both Sather and Tortorella see Korpedo (with his speed etc) as one of the prime candidates to take over main PK duties after Betts and Sjoey???

        I’d be very surprised if it ends up with Korpi in the KHL. Personally im looking for 10+ goals and 30 points off him this year to go with serious time on the PK. Thast worth 1.5m so if thats what the KHL is supposedly offering then Sather must match?!

        I do agree though; Glenn is wildly inconsistent.

  • by the way its being speculated that the Koivu deal is 3 years not 1 now. 1 is not so bad but giving 3 to a very injury prone, small 34 yr old centre coming off an at best average year? thats terrible.

  • Dave,

    Now with the Koivu move it gets me thinking…do the Rangers need another center to be successful? Appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Thanks.

    • Hi Jordan….

      i dont think they need one; its certainly not a desperate need. Why would you play Anisimov o nthe 4th line and everyone agrees he deserves a chance. 3rd line and PP time along with Dubi and Drury; there’s alot worse out there….

  • Between Drury, Dubi, Anisimov, Korpikoski and Grachev, they have enough options that they can try them all out before they make a deal for another one.

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