Aside from trading spare parts (acquiring Kurtis Foster for Andy Sutton) and losing a valuable defensive forward to retirement, the Anaheim Ducks haven’t been very busy in this off-season. Some probably worry that they haven’t been proactive regarding their precarious goaltending situation considering the questionable health of netminder Jonas Hiller.
It looks like they’ve made an effort to cover the “speedy depth center” gap left behind by Todd Marchant’s retirement, though. The Ducks traded their 2013 second round pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano today.
Cogliano shares at least two traits with Marchant: he skates like the wind and he’s a former forward of the Oilers organization. That being said, there are significant differences between the two. With Marchant, there was the feeling that he maxed out just about every ounce of his ability. Marchant was also a reliable defensive forward who lead all forwards in total penalty kill time in 2010-11. Conversely, Cogliano seems like he’s associated with wasted talent or wildly incorrect expectations. (He’s also known in certain segments of the hockey blogosphere for being notoriously weak in the faceoff circle. The impact of such a deficit is tough to quantify, but it’s a flaw that isn’t very promising for a guy who will probably be expected to kill penalties.)
Maybe a change of scenery – and the possibility of getting the occasional whiff of playing time with one of Anaheim’s elite power forwards – might do Cogliano some good. It’s tough to argue with the sentiment that the Oilers are right to cut bait with the fast but ineffective forward, especially with the solid return that could come from that 2013 second rounder.
The Ducks still need to sign the restricted free agent to a new contract, though. Cogliano is set for salary arbitration on July 21, so the penny-pinching Ducks might want to avoid that process since he might get a decent amount of change being that he hit the 45-point mark once and scored a decent 35 points in 2010-11.
There’s a general sense of negativity about Cogliano from the Edmonton/stat guys side, but are any Ducks fans excited or are any fans of Anaheim’s biggest rivals a little nervous about this swap? Let us know in the comments.
Mathew Barzal has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on an eight-year extension, a move that keeps the franchise’s top forward under contract for the balance of his prime.
The deal is worth $73.2 million with an annual salary cap hit of $9.15 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms.
Barzal has led the team in scoring, or been tied for the lead, every season since he became a full-time NHL player in 2017-18. He has 349 points in 411 regular-season and playoff games for the defensively stingy Islanders, who qualified for the postseason three consecutive times before an injury- and virus-altered last year.
“We feel recharged,” Barzal said recently. “We feel like everybody had good summers and worked hard, and we got that excitement back.”
Barzal, now 25, is coming off putting up 59 points in 75 games. The offensive star will now be asked to round out his game.
“I’m a fan because Mat has the ability to raise his game and to be a special player,” general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Long Island. “And now, with this contract and our faith in him, (it) puts that responsibility on him. We’re trusting that. It’s up to him to respond to that.”
OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.
The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.
Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.
The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.
Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.
The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.
The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.
The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.
The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.
Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.
The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.