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This day in history: Cogliano traded

Remember Andrew Cogliano? The man who once played 830 straight games in the NHL? The man who has 368 points in 866 games in the league thus far? He used to be ours! And on July 12, 2011, Cogliano got traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2013 second round pick. Let’s re-live this together, shall we?

In his later years with the Oilers, Cogliano became trade bait for Steve Tambellini. After a couple years of not getting moved, Tambo finally found a deal for him in Anaheim. The trade wasn’t great in my opinion, but Cogliano’s time as an Oiler was running out, and the Oilers had to get down and dirty in order to get out of their slump. (little did they know it wouldn’t help).

This is quite the throwback isn’t it? Take a look at this excerpt from Jason Gregor’s article when the trade went through.

The Oilers likely won’t win this trade, but as the try to claw out from the NHL basement we should see more trades like this. It is difficult to get any return on a player who has yet to prove he fits a specific role, and while many of you will cheer this move today, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cogliano become a useful 3rd liner in Anaheim.

The return for Cogliano was a second round pick in 2013. Who did the Oilers draft that year? Marc-Olivier Roy of course! (The deeper I get into this the more depressing it gets, bear with me). Everyone was pretty pumped when we called Roy’s name in 2013. Here’s an excerpt about Roy from Lowetide’s article the day after the draft.

The Edmonton Oilers added to their future offensive arsenal yesterday when drafting Marc-Olivier Roy. His scouting report (and the highlight package) suggest a terrific prospect and a player worth watching over the next couple of years.

Roy earned 26 points in 52 games in the next two years with the Oilers organization. He spent a year in the ECHL and a year in AHL where he fell into some injury troubles and found his point production to become stagnant. Roy was left unsigned when Peter Chiarelli got hired and now plays for the Vancouver Canucks AHL squad.

After the Decade of Darkness, it’s pretty interesting to look back on all the moves that were attempted to get ourselves out of the slump. Some great players were sacrificed. At the end of the day without all of this happening, we wouldn’t have Connor McDavid, so would I do it again? Absolutely.

  • TKB2677

    When Cogliano was an Oiler, Cogliano was a small, in his mind supposedly offensive top 6 center who couldn’t score enough, can’t win a face off to save his life and who the Oilers wanted to turn into what he is in Anaheim which is a checking, penalty killing, 3rd line winger but he refused to buy into that because he found it offensive. By his own admission, it took him getting traded and another organization telling him/doing the exact same thing the Oilers did before he was willing to try it. In the end, it was the right call for his career. The Oilers identified that in order for Cogliano to succeed, he needed to make the change, they tried to change him, he flat out refused to do it but it’s the Oilers fault of course that he went on to do it with another team.

    • Spaceman Spiff

      Yes, I was going to make this exact point and you beat me to it.

      I remember that story pretty well when it came out. The Oilers’ brass pointed to Todd Marchant and told Cogliano that he could/should/would become that kind of player, using his speed to kill penalties, check and chip in offensively, here and there.

      But Cogs took that as an insult, sulked and turned himself into trade bait (no small feat given how reluctant Tambo was to trade or move anyone who wore skates during his tenure). The Oilers get a second-rounder for him – not bad considering that Cogs, at that point, was a smallish winger with quick feet, stone hands and zero willingness to check. The Oilers, naturally, blow the pick on a player from the weakest of Canada’s three major junior leagues whom the analytics people loved.

      Meanwhile, Cogliano’s plane lands in Anaheim and he’s basically told as he’s walking through the airport that, by the way, he’s going to be a checking winger and he better get used to that. He does, and all these years later, he’s a sage, savvy 31-year-old veteran who came within a whiff of beating the ironman streak set by Doug Jarvis (another player, by the way, who had to be convinced he was a checker early in his career). Amazing what happens when you find out the coaches were right all along.

      It’s interesting. Taylor Hall and Andrew Cogliano wouldn’t normally be compared in any way, but they are similar in that it took a trade away from Edmonton to find out that what they were being asked to do while they were in Edmonton wasn’t really as ridiculous as it seemed at the time.