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.
Cogliano said joining the #Avs rejuvenated him:
“I really felt like after we won and playing as a team and seeing what the Avalanche is about, I just found another level of intensity and motivation. I was excited to start pushing again.”
— Aarif Deen (@runwriteAarif) July 5, 2022
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.