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Rumors of Lauri Korpikoski’s future involve Stars after Flames release

September 18, 2016: Team Finland Forward Lauri Korpikoski (28) in warm ups prior to the game between Team Finland and Team North America at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
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The Calgary Flames released veteran winger, Lauri Korpikoski over the weekend from a PTO deal for training camp evaluation.  Rumors as to where he will land is a mix of heading back to Finland or taking a deal with the Dallas Stars.

Korpikoski, 30, skated in 71 games for the Edmonton Oilers last season. In his time with the Oilers the scored 10 goals and assisted on another 12 for 22 season points. He ended the season with a minus-17 rating and 10 penalty minutes.

The 6’1”. 194-pound Finnish forward took part in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, playing in three contests for Team Finland.  During the same tournament and into the pre-season several of the Dallas Stars forwards have be injured making space available for Korpikoski, at least in the short term.

A first round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2004, Korpikoski has played in 540 career NHL games and amassed 78 goals and 181 career NHL points since making his debut during the 2008-09 season with the Rangers.

Before joining the Oilers last season, the winger spent the previous six seasons with the Coyotes organization in Arizona. During the 2011-12 season had saw a career high points of 37 (17 goals, 20 assists) when he played his only full 82-game NHL season.

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