As mentioned in the Update from the Hockey World for today, Andrew Cogliano addressed media about his reaction to the trade. Now that I’m home and can actually absorb all this info a bit better, here is a bit more of an update, complete with reactions from vets Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios, former roomie Tom Gilbert, and more from Cogliano.
Ethan Moreau on Cogliano
I think at the end of the day, the most important thing is he handled it all the right way. He got pissed off, and he trained his ass off and he’s ready to play. He’s determined to show everybody that he shouldn’t be mentioned in any trade rumors, regardless of who it’s for. He has that confidence and he’s put himself in the physical condition that he’s going to have a really good year. It’s a credit to him that he can go two ways; you can probably feel sorry for yourself or do what he did and he worked extremely hard this summer and he’s in great shape.
It’s good that it happened this summer (as opposed to during the season). It was kind of a unique situation. In this day and age, it’s hard to handle it properly. It’s unfortunate that it happened, but what are you going to do. It happens, and it’s not a sleight against the players. If you’re going to get a player of (Heatley’s) caliber, you’re going to have to give up really good players. It’s hard to look at it that way, but it’s kind of a nice thing that you’re wanted, going the other way for such a good player I guess.
Steve Staios on Cogliano
You try and put things in perspective for him. He’s a young player and he’s a great player and he’s going to have a nice long career. I got the chance to train with him this summer and he’s fit and he’s a real professional now at a really young age. I think it might just be a good learning experience for him going forward.
Tom Gilbert on Cogliano
During the time it was going on, I chatted with him a little bit but he knew, it’s still a business. Every team is trying to improve. So whether your name gets involved or not it’s something you just can’t think about as a player because the more you think about it the more you take your focus off hockey and the team you are on.
…on the vets talking to him
Steve (Staios) was a big part.. he was a guy that said “this is just how things go, you put it out of your head. You’ve got a big year ahead of you.” And Moreau.. the older guys really know how to control and understand these things work because they’ve been traded. They tried to calm me down, because really it is disappointing for me.
….on when he first heard about the trade
It was just real shocking. I was just sitting on the couch, and when your name comes out, it’s pretty surreal. But after and later you just realize that it’s just pure business and they’re trying to get a guy that’s going to help the team. And I’m a guy that hasn’t been traded before, so I got a real taste of how it is and how things work in the game.
This is where I want to be, and I’m hoping that I’m here for a very long time.
…on Steve Tambellini
Steve, he was good about it. He told me exactly what was going on and he apologized for leaking out (the trade details)… obviously he didn’t want that to happen. I don’t think a lot of people did. He was first class about it and really just apologized about how it happened.
…on his role, goals and expectations for himself this year
I’ve really taken initiative to work hard this summer and get in great shape because I want to not only help the team, but have a great year. I think this is a big year because guys like me, Sam and the younger guys, we really have to step up for the team to do well.
You know what, I think I want to be an offensive guy. Obviously I think I have a lot of tools to help the team offensively, and if it means moving to the wing I’m ready to do that. I want to hopefully be on the first two lines this year. That’s where I want to play and contribute. I had 18 goals in the past two years and I really see myself doing 30 goals this year. If I have a great year, and (I am) playing with (the right) guys and doing things myself, I think it can happen.
Thirty goals? Wow! Well let’s hope that is the case. And I share his hopes of being in the top six this year as well too. He’s wasted talent on a third line, in my opinion.