News: Korpikoski Traded To Coyotes For Enver Lisin

(Update 8:30) From the Coyotes website. More confirmation.

Click “Read More” below to watch Enver Lisin highlights. At the 1:10 mark he scores against the Rangers.

So now that the deal is official, it seems like a good deal for the Rangers. Korpi showed skill but was a limited player. He can/will be a very good NHL player but in that Blair Betts way, with a little more scoring ability. Lisin seems like a scorer and it appears that with the move Glen Sather is making, he doesn’t want this team to have the problem it did last year. Lisin has talent and he seems to be progressing each year, this could be another situation where John Tortorella could make him a player. This, should mean the end of Nik Zherdev, but again, nothing is confirmed until he has gone somewhere else.

(Update 8:18) Maloney confirms the deal and says that the Rangers acquire Enver Lisin, a restricted free agent.

Lisin had 13 goals and eight assists last season for Phoenix in 48 games.

He is 6-1 190lbs and was drafted 50th overall in 2004. He was sandwiched around Rangers picks 48, Dane Byers and pick 51, Bruce Grahm. Ten picks ahead of Brandon Dubinsky.

Lisin, 23, is a native of Moscow.

Lisin’s HF page.

Original Post: Buzz: Korpikoski Traded?

Its not good to make snap judgments on rumors, but James Mirtle reports, via twitter, that the Rangers may have traded Lauri Korpikoski to Phoenix.

If true, Phoenix is an obvious choice because GM Don Maloney, loved Korpikoski and pushed for the Rangers to draft him when he was the Rangers assistant GM.

Will report more if/when more comes available.

Acquire Enver Lisin from Coyotes

New York, July 13, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Enver Lisin from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Lauri Korpikoski.

Lisin, 23, skated in 48 games with Phoenix last season, registering 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, game-winning goals (two), and shots (105).  Lisin tied for second on the team in even strength goals (12), tied for third in goals scored at home (eight), and tied for fifth in total goals.  He posted four multi-point performances, including a career-high, three-point effort on March 30 against Dallas (two goals and one assist).  In addition, Lisin recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in 10 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season.

The 6-2, 200 pounder has skated in 78 career regular season games in three seasons for the Phoenix Coyotes, registering 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points, along with 46 penalty minutes.  Lisin made his NHL debut on October 14, 2006 at Nashville, and recorded his first career point with an assist in his next game on October 17, 2006 at St. Louis.

Lisin has also appeared in 70 career AHL contests with San Antonio, collecting 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points, along with 36 penalty minutes.  In 2007-08, Lisin established AHL career-highs in games played (58), goals (16), assists (19), and points (26).  He also posted a career-best, seven-game scoring streak from November 27 vs. Milwaukee to December 14 against Quad City, registering eight points (three goals and five assists) over the span.

In addition, Lisin skated in 116 career contests with Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Super League (RSL), recording 21 goals and 11 assists for 32 points, along with 48 penalty minutes.

The Moscow, Russia native was originally Phoenix’s second round choice, 50th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Korpikoski, 22, appeared in 68 games with the Rangers last season, collecting six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 14 penalty minutes.