Cogliano on playing in Austria: “It really does humble you”


Being an NHL player abroad during the lockout isn’t quite the “backpacking through Europe” experience some might believe it to be. Sure, Kyle Turris has noticeably had his issues in Finland, but for Andrew Cogliano in Austria the style of play and travel takes its toll.

Jordan Winnett of the Toronto Star hears from the Ducks forward who’s teamed up with Sam Gagner and Tyler Myers in Austria with Klagenfurter AC and he’s finding out how rough being a pro in a different place can be.

“It really does humble you,” says Cogliano. “I know when I go back I won’t be taking much for granted. I can see myself playing even harder now (in the NHL) and make sure I’m fighting for my job every game because we have it really good back home. We do things in the NHL that guys here wouldn’t even imagine.”

By that he means bus rides, overly physical play, and crazy fans singing and shouting. Hey, that sounds like how it used to be. Old time hockey!

In seven games with Klagenfurter, Cogliano has two goals and four assists while Gagner has 18 points in as many games.

Tyler Myers signs in Austria

Another day, another signing abroad thanks to the lockout — this time out of Buffalo.

According to Matias Strozyk or, Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers signed a deal with Klagenfurter AC in Austria’s Eishockey Liga.

The 6’8″ defenseman struggled last season for the Sabres and while the work stoppage rages on, the Sabres will hope he can both stay healthy and figure out his game. Last year saw him put up the lowest numbers of his career thanks to injury, scoring eight goals and finishing up with 23 points in 55 games.

Myers would be the fifth NHL player in the Austrian league joining Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek as well as Carolina’s Andreas Nodl, Islanders forward Michael Grabner, and Edmonton’s Corey Potter.