I have been pretty much completely and utterly soured on Cogliano since this quote from September of last fall:
We just found last year, with the amount of older guys and guys who have been here for a long time, it was tough for guys like me, even though three years is quite a bit of time, to step up and say something and have a guy who has been here for 10 years to really listen…
It feels like there is an even playing field. There aren’t guys that you maybe want to be quiet around or you’re shy or not comfortable around because they’re older or you just have nothing in common with them.
Hopefully Cogliano is able to find something in common with all of those guys roughly his age in Anaheim who have playoff experience.
After being kissed by the shooting percentage gods early in his career, they’ve looked on his efforts with disfavour over the past few years. He was never ever able to figure out faceoffs and isn’t cut out to be a winger – faceoffs might of little relevance, but you don’t survive at 40% in the NHL. Reinventing himself as a checker didn’t really seem to be paying off, particularly because he didn’t seem to have learned much about the defensive side of the game in four NHL seasons.
As for the return, it strikes me as pretty good, although I think NHL GMs tend to overpay for guys like this. As we all dream of how awesome the team is going to be once it’s rebuilt, it’s worth remembering that prospects don’t always turn into anything useful.