Left wing Lauri Korpikoski has signed a $1 million, one-year contract with the Dallas Stars after the eight-year NHL veteran was released from his professional tryout with the Calgary Flames.
General manager Jim Nill announced the signing Monday, saying it bolsters the Stars’ depth at forward. Nill called the 30-year-old Finn an experienced, disciplined player who can kill penalties.
The Stars open the NHL regular season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Dallas against the Anaheim Ducks.
Teams must set their 23-player season-opening rosters by 4 p.m. CT Tuesday.
Korpikoski had 22 points (10 goals) in 71 games for Edmonton last season. He was one of only 10 NHL players to play at least 71 games with 10 penalty minutes or fewer.
A first-round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers, Korpikoski made his NHL debut for them in 2008-09. He then played six seasons in Arizona before going to Edmonton last year.
The Stars are thin at forward. Mattias Janmark is out five to six months after knee surgery. Cody Eakin (knee injury) is out until early November . Ales Hemsky (groin injury) is unlikely to be ready to start the season.
Stars center Tyler Seguin (heel injury) is expected to be back for opening night, coach Lindy Ruff said. Seguin missed all of the preseason games.
The Stars placed D Mattias Backman on waivers. If he clears, he’ll be assigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL, the Stars website reported.