JACKETS ADD FINNISH WINGER KORPIKOSKI
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired winger Lauri Korpikoski from the Dallas Stars for defenseman Dillon Heatherington.
What does it give the Columbus Blue Jackets
Veteran Korpikoski is a versatile, serviceable player who can kill penalties, check and play either wing position. He should help the Blue Jackets, who recently lost winger Matt Calvert to injury. Korpikoski was a solid, depth addition.
What does it give the Dallas Stars
In Heatherington, the Stars get a solid, defensive defenseman with good size and a little bite in his game. The 21-year-old will likely get a better shot with the Stars to prove himself than he might have had with the Blue Jackets.
Korpikoski is a defensive forward, so his fantasy value remains unchanged after this transaction: he does not have much. Heatherington has a good opportunity to become a regular defenseman with the Stars down the line, but he too won't light up the scoresheet at the highest level anytime soon.