The Anaheim Ducks continued their love affair with Edmonton Oilers players by trading for center Andrew Cogliano. They also signed Oilers back up goaltender, Jeff Deslauriers, to a two year contract.
Deslauriers’ signing was announced by the Edmonton Journal last week, but no official announcement came from the team until yesterday. The 27 year old spent all of last season with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, sharing duties with former Ducks goaltender, Martin Gerber. Deslauriers has 58 NHL games under his belt, including 48 with the Oilers in the 2009-2010 season.
Deslauriers’ contract is similar in structure to the contract recently signed with Dan Sexton. The first year is a two way contract, paying $600,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL. The second year of the deal is a one way contract, paying $625,000.
The Ducks also picked up young, speedy Cogliano in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2013. Cogliano, 24, is a restricted free agent and is scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 21. Both the Ducks and Cogliano are hopeful that a contract can be agreed upon prior to arbitration.
Cogliano has played four seasons with the Oilers and has not missed a single game during those four seasons. He was a standout at the University of Michigan and will likely center the Ducks third line. Anaheim is in desperate need of a solid, dependable third line, and Cogliano is a good start.
With the drafting of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in June, Cogliano became expendable to Edmonton and the Ducks happily picked him up. Cogliano will likely help out on the penalty kill and will be a formidable opponent in fastest skater competitions. Cogliano won the fastest skater competition at the All Star game in 2009.
“He’s a very good kid,” said GM Bob Murray. ”Unfortunately for him, he was in Edmonton at a time when they were at the bottom trying to work back up and it was a bit of a rough go. He’s got a fresh start here. The biggest thing for us is speed. We’ve tried to increase our team speed the last couple of years and really haven’t accomplish that. He definitely can skate.”