The Dallas Stars traded left winger Lauri Korpikoski of Turku, Finland on Wednesday to the Columbus Blue Jackets for prospect defenseman Dillon Heatherington of Calgary, Alberta. Korpikoski will now join his fifth team as he has also played for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes.
Korpikoski has played 60 games for the Stars. He has eight goals, 12 assists, 20 points, is a +5, ten penalty minutes, one shorthanded point, 104 shots on goal, 34 hits, 32 blocked shots, 11 takeaways and 19 giveaways.
Korpikoski was the Rangers' first-round pick, 19th overall, in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft. His career best season came with the Coyotes in 2010-11, when he had career highs in goals (19), assists (21), points (40), plus/minus (+17), game-winning goals (four), and shorthanded points (four).
Heatherington was drafted in the second round, 50th overall, by the Blue Jackets in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He has been playing with the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League this season and will probably be playing the rest of the season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League unless Stars management see how Heatherington performs at the National Hockey League level. With the Stars in partially-rebuild mode, it is very likely that the Stars management team see how Heatherington does in the NHL over the next month.