Friday has been an eventful day for the NHL, as three of its remaining restricted free agents have agreed to deals with their respective teams. Oiler, Coyote and Avalanche fans; breath a sigh of relief. Your treasured youngsters are back for the next season.
Beginning with Edmonton, the Oilers inked speedy centre Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal worth $1 million. Cogliano, 23, put up 10 goals and 28 points in 82 games last year. He has also registered 46 goals and 65 assists for 111 points in 246 career NHL games, all with the Oilers. He has not missed an NHL game yet in his career.
In his sophomore year, Cogliano had a successful All-Star weekend. Not only was he named to the NHL YoungStars game, he also took home the title of fastest skater with a time of 14.31 seconds.
The 5-foot-10, 184-pound speedster was originally drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 25th overall. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Cogliano saw his ice time lessen last year, which is a major reason as to why his point total dropped.
The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed Peter Mueller to a two-year contract. The deal will see him earn $1.5 million in the first year and $2.5 in the second.
Mueller, 22, was acquired last year from the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline for Wojtek Wolski, another player who would be a restricted free agent in the summer. The trade sparked Mueller, who tallied nine goals and 20 points in 15 games with the Avalanche, while he only posted 17 points in 54 games with the Coyotes. In 222 career NHL games, Mueller has recorded 48 goals and 79 assists for 127 points.
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound centre was originally selected 8th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Greg Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Avalanche, had this to say about the signing:
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Peter. We look forward to seeing him next week at training camp.”
Lastly, the Phoenix Coyotes have locked up centre Martin Hanzal to a two-year deal worth $3.6 million. He will earn $1.5 million in the first year and $2.1 million in the second.
Hanzal played 81 games last year, posting 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points, which placed him eighth in team scoring. He also put up three assists in seven playoff games. The 6-foot-6, 228 pound native of Pisek, Czech Republic has appeared in 227 career NHL games, tallying 30 goals and 69 assists for 99 points.
Hanzal, 23, was originally drafted 17th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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