The Anaheim Ducks avoided arbitration with Andrew Cogliano by signing the 24-year old to a three-year $7.17 million contract on Tuesday.
Sportnet’s Nick Kypreos broke down the particulars of the deal on Twitter: Cogliano will make $2.15 million next season before bumping up to $2.35 million for 2012-13, and then topping out at $2.67 million in the final year of the deal.
Cogliano, a former first round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, was acquired last week via trade. The Ducks sent a second round choice in 2013 to Edmonton.
Along with the Dan Sexton signing from last week, the Cogliano deal helps the Ducks avoid arbitration once again. The team has not had a player go to arbitration since Ruslan Salei was awarded a $2.4 million deal in August of 2004.
Cogliano became the odd man out in the Edmonton’s crowded crop of young forwards, and Steve Tambellini elected to move him rather than open up the cheque book for a player that’s effectively played his way out of the lineup. A change of scenery should probably serve Cogliano well. He had slipped down the depth chart in Edmonton and often found himself placed into defensive centre duties, which never really worked out for the team or the player. The tools have always been there, but we’re often left wondering what could be if Cogliano managed to put it all together. Cogliano has totaled 146 points in 328 career games.