Cogliano back for another, signs one-year deal with Avalanche

In the first order of offseason business, the Colorado Avalanche extended a depth forward that was a successful trade-deadline acquisition in Andrew Cogliano. The one-year, $1.25 million contract is a slight increase from the $1 million contract he signed with the San Jose Sharks last summer.

Cogliano brought energy, a boost on penalties and the lead to the Avalanche in his short tenure with the team. He was a good voice in the room and his speech before Game 6 might have just sealed the Stanley Cup.

As a veteran entering his 16th season, Joe Sakic would be wise to limit his tenure at Cogliano to one year as there are certainly others aiming for a trophy and looking for a similar role. Still, to bring back a player who fits so well and has experience with the team, to win for both sides and give the Avalanche some cost certainty as they head into the off-season, while still having a few other key pieces to sign.

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