Cogliano: No extension talks with Ducks, expansion draft ‘could be weird’

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Andrew Cogliano‘s in a bit of an odd position with the expansion draft just days away.

And he knows it.

“It could be weird,” Cogliano said of his situation, per the O.C. Register. “I haven’t talked to Bob [Murray, Ducks GM] and I don’t think he’s said anything on that.”

Cogliano, who turns 30 this week, has one year left on a four-year, $12 million deal with a $3 million average annual cap hit. It’s a decent value figure for a guy that never misses games — 786 in a row, the NHL’s longest active ironman streak — scores fairly consistently, and is regarded as a good defensive forward.

Those reasons are why Anaheim would probably like to keep him.

But it might not be feasible.

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler all have NMCs and thereby require protection. What’s more, and the Ducks won’t want to expose Rickard Rakell or Jakob Silfverberg.

Then there’s the back end, where the club has a myriad of assets.

If the Ducks decide to protect seven forwards and three defensemen, the blue line will definitely be worth watching. Hampus Lindholm will be protected for sure, and Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour are each exempt. But that only leaves two spots for Sami Vatanen, Kevin Bieksa, Cam Fowler, and Josh Manson. So Murray could go with eight skaters, regardless of position.

Whatever the case, the possibility of Cogliano being exposed is out there. It’s also somewhat telling he’s had no discussions with Murray about a contract extension.