By Brian Stubits
Cogliano is coming off an 11-goal, 24-assist season in Edmonton and has a career high of 18 goals (in 2007-08 and 08-09) and 45 points (07-08). In his four seasons in the NHL, Cogliano has proven very durable as he has played all 82 games every season.
"I'm sad to leave, I liked playing in Edmonton very much." Cogliano said.
With the trade the Ducks don't give up all that much in a second-round selection and get a nice center to presumably anchor the third line. At just 24 years old, Cogliano is still growing as a hockey player so the Ducks could expect to see a rise in Cogliano's production.
"We've tried to increase our team speed the last couple of years and he definitely helps us do that." Ducks GM Bob Murray said. "Last year he was a penalty killer and a checker and prided himself on that. He's very versatile and we like that here."
Cogliano didn't seem to fit in the long-term look of the Oilers as GM Steve Tambellini had dangled him as trade bait before. Of course the Oilers might have a spot opening at the center position for a certain No. 1 pick this year named Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
"He had a rough go in Edmonton, where they were trying to work themselves back up," Murray said. "He's got a fresh start here."
First things first: Cogliano doesn't have a contract for next season, lingering at the moment as a restricted free agent. He is scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 21.
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