NHL News of the Day: July 6th re-signings for the Avalanche & Penguins
Ricky Gray | July 6, 2022
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A 35-year-old Andrew Cogliano is set to make a return to Colorado.
The NHL may have only recently entered the offseason, but moves are already underway. For the Avalanche, they’re planning on bringing back an essential player to their roster.
As the Stanley Cup Champions, the Colorado Avalanche will bring back Andrew Cogliano at the forward position. In 16 playoff games, playing mostly on the team's fourth line, Cogliano had three goals and six points while averaging 9 minutes, 41 seconds of time on the ice.
Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic said: “Andrew was such a big part of our Stanley Cup championship with his leadership and veteran presence. He battled back from various injuries throughout the playoffs and played key minutes for us when we needed it the most.”
This is the first of many moves the Avalanche will need to make. They have multiple unrestricted free agents that they’ll need to sign in order to win again. There are forwards such as Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, and Valeri Nichushkin, along with defensemen such as Josh Manson and Jack Johnson, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.
Cogliano said: “The guys that drive the bus every night are still here and are very hungry. We're going to be hungry for more. We've got a taste of it now. With the guys we have on our team who are very driven, I think they're only going to want more of that.”
Over in Pittsburgh, goalie Casey DeSmith was signed to a 2-year contract extension. This contract carries an average of $1.8m per year. This move also gives Pittsburgh a dependable goalie behind All-Star Tristan Jarry.
DeSmith just underwent surgery after suffering a core injury during the postseason. He’s expected to be clear by September when training camp opens.
He has a career 42-28-11 record with 2.67 goals against and a .915 save percentage.