Ducks Sign Cogliano to Four-Year Contract Extension
The Ducks have signed forward Andrew Cogliano to a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cogliano, 26 (6/14/87), has appeared in all 43 games for the Ducks this season, posting 13-12=25 points with a +16 rating and 20 penalty minutes (PIM). He is on pace for a career best in goals and points (previously 18 and 45, respectively). The Toronto, Ontario native currently ranks fifth on the team in points, third in goals and shots (84), and tied for first among forwards in hits (50). In 173 career NHL games with Anaheim, Cogliano has recorded 39-35=74 points with 41 PIM. He currently ranks eighth among forwards on the franchise’s all-time list in plus/minus (+26).
On Dec. 31, 2013 vs. San Jose, Cogliano became the fifth player in NHL history and first since Doug Jarvis (1975-88) to play 500 (now 501) straight NHL games from the start of his NHL career. After leaving the University of Michigan and joining the Edmonton Oilers, Cogliano played his first NHL game in Edmonton’s season opener on Oct. 4, 2007 vs. San Jose. He has not missed a game since.
The 5-10, 181-pound forward had a career-long four-game goal streak (4-0=4) this season from Nov. 6-12. He has recorded four multi-point games so far in 2013-14, including a career-tying three assists on Dec. 17 at Detroit.
Originally selected by Edmonton in the first round (25th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Cogliano was acquired by Anaheim in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on July 12, 2011. In 501 career NHL games, he has 96-124=220 points with 178 PIM. His “Ironman” consecutive games played streak currently ranks third on the active list behind Jay Bouwmeester of St. Louis (676) and Henrik Sedin of Vancouver (671).
Cogliano held a conference call to talk about his four-year extension.
On signing a contract extension now instead of testing free agency in the offseason
"You could always test free agency, and there might be better deals out there, but at the end of the day, Anaheim was the play I wanted to be. They were the team that traded for me from Edmonton and believed in me and gave me a good situation here. Whenever a team trades for you, and shows faith in you, the right thing to do is make it work, and find a contract to stay
"I’m more than happy, unbelievably happy, to be here playing for this team. We’re a great team, we’re in first place, we have a great bunch of guys in the room, and a great coach, who, for the last two years, has really showed a lot of trust in me. He’s put me in great situations and has made me the player that I am today. There really is no reason for me to even look at any offers or any teams. I have a place here I really enjoy being on. There’s no other place I really want to be."
On how the contract extension came together
"It was fairly quick. It wasn’t a long process. I think there was an understanding there could be a deal made. There was an understanding from [General Manager] Bob [Murray’s] point of view that I wanted to be here. I wanted to be a Duck. I made that very clear to him through my agent. I think he had a pretty good understanding of that. I’m pretty sure things came together over a week and a half to two weeks.
"There’s always a hit or miss with numbers and you always try to make projections. It came down to finding common ground. I think the number and the term is something I really wanted. I get to have four years here and really continue where I’ve been going over the past two years. That was very important for me. I think the number is fair, I really do. So far this season, things have been good. But I think last season, I made great steps of where I need to go. I think the number is where it needs to be in terms of market value. I’m really happy. There wasn’t anything going back and forth, or any stalemates. It was more like, ‘Yeah, let’s get this done.'"
On if there was any temptation to hit free agency
"To be honest, no. Coming into the year, my main goal was to play good to get an extension here. I worked very hard this summer in terms of being ready to start the season. Not only to pick up where I left off last year, because I had a good season, but my main goal was to get an extension. There was never an idea in my mind where I wanted to have a great season, to just scrape by the year to free agency to see if I could get a home run and go to some other team.
"The goal for me was to always get an extension. The minute Bob made that known to me, I told my agent right away that we’re going to get a deal done. It’s just a matter of what number, but I told him right away the deal would get done, and it needs to get done. At the end of the day, it’s pretty obvious I have a great situation here. I play on a line with two guys who complement me, two guys who are veteran guys. If it wasn’t for them, really, I don’t know if I’d be in this situation. A lot of credit goes to them. At the end of the day, [head coach] Bruce [Boudreau] has shown complete trust in me as a player. That’s very tough to find, as a guy going to the new team. There’s no reason to go look for that."
On getting the contract extension done at this point of the season
"I think I’ve done a good job to keep things in perspective, and just play and see where things go, and hopefully get a deal done. But I think this is a bonus. You get a deal done before the Olympic break. Now it’s just all focusing on hockey. I think I’ve done a good job this year of putting that stuff and all this stuff in the rearview mirror, and just keep playing, hopefully playing well. I’m really happy that it got done."