This move was definitely an unexpected one, as yet another Blueshirt heads to the desert. Korpikoski, a RFA, was rumored to be heading to the KHL last week, as it seems he wasn't happy with the contract that was offered to him by the New York Rangers.
According to Kukla's Korner:
Enver Lisin was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2nd round (50th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. [Career Stats] He is also a RFA, he had a cap hit from his last contract of $910K. I don't see there being a problem getting Lisin signed to a contract and he might actually be signed for less than what the Rangers could've signed Korpikoski for.
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired left wing Lauri Korpikoski from the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing Enver Lisin.
Korpikoski, 22, appeared in 68 games with the Rangers last season as a rookie, recording 6-8-14 and 14 penalty minutes (PIM). He also collected two assists while appearing in all seven of the Rangers’ playoff games last season.
According to Hockey's Future:
Lisin is a talented two-way forward with a huge offensive upside and a significant defensive upside. The young forward was more than likely the fastest forward eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He is fully capable of developing into a top line forward in the NHL. He’s an amazing skater, who’s a good finisher, has a great wrist shot, is very precise and has a deceivingly quick release.
Sounds very similar to Korpikoski in my opinion.