The Columbus Blue Jackets made another trade late Wednesday afternoon, this time with the Dallas Stars. Columbus sent defenseman Dillon Heatherington to the Stars in exchange for winger Lauri Korpikoski.
Heatherington, 21, had 1-5-6 totals in 38 games played for the Cleveland Monsters (AHL) this season.
He contributed to Lake Erie’s Calder Cup championship last season in his rookie year of professional hockey, appearing in 15 Calder Cup Playoff games and contributing three assists.
He has played in 104 career AHL games and has 26 career points over the course of two seasons. The 6’4″, 215-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was selected by Columbus 50th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Heatherington will report to Dallas’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.
Korpikoski, 30, had 8-12-20 totals in 60 games played for Dallas this season. The Turku, Finland native has 86 goals and 115 assists (201 points) in 600 career NHL games among the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and Stars.
The 6’1″, 195-pound winger has two goals and three assists in 30 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He recorded career highs in goals, assists and points in the 2010-2011 season with Arizona amassing 19-21-40 totals in 79 games. Korpikoski was selected by the Rangers 19th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.