Cogliano to Anaheim for a 2nd rd pick in 2013.
The Oilers did have some options (as discussed below) for Cogliano in regard to 11-12; they could have moved him to the wing until Nugent-Hopkins made the roster (or failed to make the roster) but the major issue here is with regard to center and use this coming year.
The other issue with Cogliano is that he filed for arbitration. His reward could be significant compared to his salary last season and in seasons past, and I expect Anaheim will sign him before the hearing. The 2005 draft for the Oilers–the draft where they continued to select undersized skill players (Cogliano and Chorney at the top) has been passed by the drafts that followed.
Today’s deal had to come. The return seems reasonable.