It’s official – the San Jose Sharks are buyers and sellers at the trade deadline. After a busy morning of trading Jake Middleton to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for another goaltender in Kaapo Kahkonen (and a draft pick), the Sharks sent Andrew Cogliano to the Colorado Avalanche in a reported exchange for Colorado’s 2024 fifth-round draft pick.
Cogliano was set to be a UFA at the end of the season, and as a depth piece who’s been reasonably productive this season for the Sharks, and always reliable on the forecheck and backcheck, it’s not surprising that San Jose is using his trade value to their advantage. He’s also the Sharks’ most-used penalty-killer up front.
Cogliano spoke about Colorado just a few days ago, before the Sharks took them on at SAP Center, and here’s what he had to say about his (now) new team:
“I think this team is probably the best in the league. They play at a really high pace and, just like Florida [Panthers], they make plays and they have some of the best players in the league.”
It’s undeniable that Cogliano’s chances to win a Stanley Cup are far greater with the top team in the NHL than the San Jose Sharks, but it’s always tough to see a stalwart, veteran presence leave the locker room.
In his last five games, Cogliano tallied one assist for one point. For the entirety of his time with the Sharks this season, Cogliano has four goals, 11 assists for a total of 15 points in 56 games.
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