Andrew Cogliano is quickly adapting to life as an Anaheim Duck, agreeing to a three-year contract just one week after the team acquired him in a trade with Edmonton.
The 24-year-old, whom some believe could be a replacement for retired centre Todd Marchant, will make $7.2 million US over the life of the contract — $2.15 million in the first year, followed by $2.35 million and $2.67 million, according to CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby.
A restricted free agent who earned $1 million last season, Cogliano also avoids an arbitration hearing later this summer.
Cogliano spent four seasons with Edmonton, earning a career high 45 points in his 2007-08 rookie season. The Toronto native finished with 11 goals and 35 points this past season, with three game-winning goals and a short-handed marker.
Cogliano has been the subject of trade rumours in the past two seasons, and became expendable with the injection into the lineup of young forwards like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi.
The five-foot-10 centre, who has not missed a game in four NHL seasons, was selected 25th overall in the 2005 draft.