Andrew Cogliano gets renewal offer with Ducks
They were words Andrew Cogliano needed to hear in his first meeting with Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle.
Carlyle didn’t see someone who had scored 21 goals, combined, in his last two seasons in Edmonton; instead, he saw a speedy forward entering the prime of his career at 24.
And he saw someone capable of hockey rebirth.
“He thinks I have a lot more to give in certain parts of the game,” Cogliano said Tuesday. “Offensively, he thinks I can bring more to the table too. It’s a fresh start for me. He wants me to come in and play a good supporting role and rejuvenate what I started in Edmonton.”
Supporting role equals secondary scoring.
There’s been a seemingly endless search for that in Anaheim, the need to bridge the gap in the conversation after talking about the likes of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan.
For Cogliano, success could come after a mere change of venue. He was traded to the Ducks from Edmonton in July for a second-round pick after playing four seasons with the Oilers.
The long renovation project in Edmonton managed to unfortunately take a toll on some of its occupants.
“Edmonton was a tough situation from time to time,” he said. “The team wasn’t very good and mentally it was just a grind, all the time. Now going to a team where you have legitimate All-Stars and a team that’s always in the playoffs, it’s good for me.”
Cogliano played in the Ducks’ exhibition opener Tuesday, a 7-4 loss to Phoenix at Honda Center in Anaheim, and showed some occasional signs of chemistry while playing left wing on a line with center Peter Holland and Selanne.
Holland, the Ducks’ first-round pick in 2009, was blown away by the sheer speed of his linemates.
“Playing with the Finnish Flash and Cogliano out there, sometimes they were going one way and I was still catching up with them the other way,” Holland said. “It was quite a treat to play with those guys. Even if I get sent down to Syracuse now, what an honor it is to play with Teemu Selanne. The guy is going to be in the Hall of Fame one day.”
Cogliano, meanwhile, was adjusting to playing on the left side, a departure from his usual spot at center. He had two points, a goal and an assist, the goal coming by crashing the net.
“Hopefully I get a chance to play there and we’ll see,” he said. “This was the first time I’ve played left wing for a whole game, for the most part. I thought I did pretty well. I adjusted, in a good way. As the games go on, I’ll get more comfortable.”
He joked about taking one faceoff, saying: “I lost it. I’m 0%, I guess.”
The first exhibition game is almost always sloppy and this was no exception. Patrick O’Sullivan led the Coyotes with four points. The former Kings forward scored twice and added two assists. In addition to Cogliano, the other Ducks player with multiple points was Kyle Palmieri, who had a goal and an assist…. All of the Ducks’ 82 regular-season games will be televised locally, the team announced, for the second time in franchise history. Fifty-nine of the games will be on Prime Ticket…. Forward Bobby Ryan (strained groin) skated in the morning, as did defenseman Mathieu Carle, who had been out since smacking hard into the end boards Sunday.
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