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Coyotes, Korpikoski agree to $10 million deal

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The Phoenix Coyotes agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Lauri Korpikoski on a four-year, $10 million contract, ESPN reported Friday.

Korpikoski had 11 points in 36 games last season while battling an upper body injury. He combined for 36 goals in the two seasons prior to that.

The Coyotes put themselves in position to make deals like the one with Korpikoski after recently ensuring they will stay in Glendale, Ariz., for at least five more years.

"Now we feel that we're on an even playing field with the other 29 teams in the league in regards to what we can sell," general manager Don Maloney told "We know we're going to be here, we know who's running the club and how we're going to run it and it just makes my job much easier than it was."

Korpikoski, 26, was the No. 19 overall pick in the 2004 draft.

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