Andrew Cogliano, 35, ‘a big part of our Stanley Cup championship,’ re-signs with Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche re-signed veteran forward Andrew Cogliano on Tuesday on a one-year deal.

One of the feel-good stories on the Avalanche’s march to the Stanley Cup, Cogliano, 35, a midseason acquisition from the Anaheim Ducks, didn’t make as much noise up front as many of the Colorado forwards did in the postseason. but he made his minutes count.

In 16 playoff games, during which he mostly worked on the team’s fourth line, Cogliano scored three goals and six points while averaging 9:41 on the ice en route to winning the first title. And that’s after 18 goalless games in the regular season after the Anaheim trade.

“Andrew has been such a huge part of our Stanley Cup championship with his leadership and presence as a veteran,” said Joe Sakic, Avalanche general manager. “He recovered from various injuries during the playoffs and played vital minutes for us when we needed it most. He’s a great teammate who works hard on and off the ice and sets a great example for the rest of the group.

“We’re delighted to have him back for another season.”

Cogliano, a five-team NHL veteran, hasn’t scored five goals with the Ducks since 2017-18 after his breakthrough with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007-08, but he can play at the back end of a forward unit and likely take a spot on the penalty shootout of a team. And now, as a Stanley Cup champion, he had an addition to his resume that many other free-agent forwards didn’t have.

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