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04-04-2011, 08:13 AM
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azrok22
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Let's pretend for a second that the trade of Lisin for Korpikoski (at the time) was a terrible move and we didn't make.

Now let's focus on the reality of Korpedo's career since leaving NY. The trade was made 2 years ago. Last season, for Phoenix, Korpikoski played 71 games, scored 5 goals, and added 6 assists for 11 points. Do you know where Korpikoski would've been this season if he had put up those points for the Rangers last year? Probably Europe, because I don't see what roster spot he would've won out this season (perhaps we don't sign Fedotenko if we have Korpikoski, but I think it's more likely that he would've simply been let go -- Fedotenko was coming off an abysmal year in Pittsburgh and still had 30 points to Korpedo's 11).

Kudos to Phoenix for having a lot of patience with Korpedo and getting a decent return, but even if we hadn't traded for him for Lisin, Korpedo is very unlikely to have been on the Rangers today.

EDIT: Of course, this is also ignoring the rumors that Korpikoski was unhappy with his 4th line role/fringer player on the Rangers and was threatening to return to Europe prior to the Lisin trade.

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