So today the Ducks signed Andrew Cogliano to a 3-year deal that works out to a $2.39M cap hit ($2.15M in 2011/12, $2.35M in 2012/13, and then $2.67M in 2013/14). What is your take on this?
I’ve got a couple of opinions here:
1 – The Oilers made the right choice. Andrew Cogliano’s only role here was going to be a checking centreman. I think we can all agree that he isn’t very good at it. Eric Belanger is cheaper and provides much more quality at the checking centre role.
2 – The Ducks could be very content in the end if they find a role for Cogliano that works to his strengths more than molding him to the team’s needs.
I think the Ducks will be pleased with the contract in the long run. It was too much for us to sign him to that kind of contract, but that’s because we wanted him to be our 3rd or 4th line center… something that he was quite poor at. The Ducks will need to play to his strengths in order to get full value for him. If they intend to continue the “checking centreman” experiment, they will be gravely disappointed and that contact will weigh heavily on them. However, should they use him in more offensive situations, with some PK duties here and there, and solely as a winger, I think they will be content and they could reclaim that player we once thought we had.
I’m sure we can all think back a whole 2 years. That’s when the Oilers nearly traded Dustin Penner, Andrew Colgiano and Ladislav Smid to the Senators for Dany “Fucking” Heatley. The Oilogosphere lit up with worries about trading Cogliano. Most had thought of him and Sam Gagner as untouchables. A year before that, there wasn’t even the slightest question of trading these guys. In fact, I remember some big backlash from fans at rumors of Cogliano being moved after his first season. Things change very quickly here in Edmonton. Players that were once untouchable can’t be run out of town quickly enough.
That said, I am happy the Oilers moved on from Cogliano. The only role he could have possibly had any chance of succeeding at was a checking centre. In my mind, he’s a decent scoring winger with defensive upside, but he’s behind guys like Smyth, Eberle, Hemsky, and Hall by quite a bit, and guys like Omark and Pajarvi have more promise. As a faceoff guy, he is just plain awful. The Oilers made the right choice here, but I’m not at all sold that the Ducks made the wrong choice. I think this will work out for both teams in the long run.
What are your thoughts?
The Oilers have re-signed Ryan O’Marra and Taylor Chorney to one year deals. Details are still to come.
I actually like what we saw from Chorney last year until he got hurt. It was a short preview though, but he came on stronger last year, maybe due to development in the AHL. Ryan O’Marra will be in tough to squeeze into the lineup, so I expect he’ll play most of the year in Oklahoma City.
NHL talking about mega-realignment
There’s been some talk in the last few weeks about realignment of the NHL. This news isn’t new, but I hadn’t really heard anything on it until now (it’s gathering steam as of late). Most assumed that meant that the Winnipeg Jets were going somewhere – either the Northwest Division or the Central division – and a team in that division might move elsewhere. Maybe 2 or 3 teams might move around. Well, sounds like the NHL is entertaining other ideas and one is getting some big consideration.
Remember the days of yore when there were 4 divisions and they were super easy to remember? Well, sounds like the NHL is considering going back to that based on a proposal Gary Bettman made to the NHL Board of Governors back in late June. The division names wouldn’t likely be names as they once were (Gary Bettman’s proposal suggested: Pacific, Midwest, East and South) but the NHL would consist of 2 conferences with 2 divisions in each conference again. One division in each conference will have 8 teams and the other would have 7 teams. The proposal suggests Continue reading 'NHL realignment may be bigger than once thought…'»
Andrew Cogliano has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks
Andrew Cogliano has been traded the the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Cogliano dropped down the depth chart quite a bit here. His days were definitely numbered. But did we get full value for him?
The Nuge helps Khabibulin start up his car
Today Dan Tencer did an interview with Oilers Fitness Consultant Simon Bennett about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ physical development.
Here’s a quick but important quote from the article:
Bennett laughs that he was asked the same question, over and over and over again, by the Oilers management and scouting staff in the time leading up to the Entry Draft last month. He gave me the same explanation that he gave the club throughout the draft process: Nugent-Hopkins isn’t being drafted to be a body builder.
In other words, they don’t need the kid to excel at the bench press, they need him to excel in areas like balance, agility and explosiveness.
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