Should the Toronto Maple Leafs Make a Pitch for Andrew Cogliano?

September 9th, 2010 by Drew West Leave a reply »
Recent reports have stated that the Edmonton Oilers are having trouble coming to terms with young centre Andrew Cogliano on a new contract. It has been rumored that Edmonton is offering Cogliano around $1.25 million per year on a short-term contract, although Cogliano is interested in more money and a longer deal.

Cogliano had a disappointing 2009-2010 season, scoring only 10 goals and putting up 28 points in a full 82 game campaign. In his previous two seasons in the NHL he put up 18 goals, which is quite respectable while playing as a rookie and sophomore on a below average team.  

In my opinion, his numbers were heavily affected by playing the majority of the 2009-10 season on the third and fourth lines, primarily with grinders Zach Stortini and Ethan Moreau. Cogliano was demoted to the lower forwards' lines after playing his first two seasons with Sam Gagner and Robert Nilsson, hence the higher goal totals earlier in his career.

I can't explain Cogliano's demotion to the Oilers checking lines, especially since he has consistently been one of the better defensive players on the team for the past three seasons. Alt ...

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