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Coyotes Avoid Arbitration, Agree To Two-Year Deal With Lauri Korpikoski

In an offseason that's been more noted for the player they lost (Ilya Bryzgalov) than anything else, it's nice for the Coyotes to get some positive news coming down this week.

On Wednesday, the Coyotes agreed to a new two-year deal with forward Lauri Korpikoski. The two sides were set to head to arbitration this summer, which is no more with this new deal.

Korpikoski was tied for fifth on the team in points last season, with 40, which included 19 goals. His goal total was tied with Lee Stempniak and Radim Vrbata for second on the team, behind captain Shane Doan. He was also a plus-17 on the season.

From the official Coyotes press release:

"We are very pleased to sign Lauri to a two-year contract," said Maloney. "Lauri is an excellent skater, a versatile forward and an important player on our team. We are happy to avoid arbitration and finalize a contract."

Also this week, the Coyotes added some depth signings, with four two-way deals. One of those deals was Brett MacLean, one of the better prospects the organization has to offer. He should see more time with the big club this year.

The other three players signed were former Anaheim Duck Kyle Chipchura, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Mathieu Beaudoin. All four deals are one-year contracts.