Two NHL teams looking for a jolt for their middling seasons staged gamers Monday, as the Dallas Stars acquired veteran forward Andrew Cogliano from the Anaheim Ducks in market for forward Devin Shore.
Cogliano, 31, has three goals and eight assists in 46 games this season, as his ice time (13:15) has been cut by just two minutes each match. Considered among the fastest skaters in the NHL, Cogliano has been the league’s most durable players. His”iron man” streak of 830 games was only snapped by a two-game suspension past season; otherwise, he hasn’t missed a match to injury in his NHL career.
Cogliano includes 379 points in 912 livelihood games with the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers. He has signed through 2021 with a $3.25 million limit hit.
“In acquiring Andrew, we can bring a conscientious player who brings a veteran presence to our room,” explained Dallas general manager Jim Nill. “His explosive rate, 200-foot match and Ironman attitude will help both on and off the ice.”
Shore, 24, is currently in his fourth NHL season, all spent Dallas. He has five goals and 12 assists in 42 games this year, but for example Cogliano has seen that his ice time (13:18) fall from last season’s 15:26 each match. He has 82 points in 209 livelihood games, and will play center or wing. Shore is signed through 20 20 and he will turn into a restricted free agent, with a cap hit of $2.3 million.
The two Ducks (19-18-9) and the Stars (23-19-4) have already been around a rollercoaster this season. “At this time, I’m not even considering a coaching switch. I’m more focused on our players, specifically with that is going to step up in this situation,” he explained.
Trading away a popular veteran such as Cogliano, that is with the Ducks since 2011, certainly sends an email to that lockerroom.
Dallas (23-19-4) has lost two games in a row and now is 5-4-1 in its past 10 games, sitting at third place at the Central Division. The team was rocked by harsh words from direction recently, as team president Jim Lites ripped superstar forward Tyler Seguin along with Jamie Benn for their downhill seasons and coach Jim Montgomery called outside the team’s losing culture following a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
“I am very frustrated I have never been able to get consistency in our operation, also I haven’t been able to modify the culture of mediocrity,” he explained.