NHL: Avs extend Andrew Cogliano, Penguins bring back Casey DeSmith, and more

The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Andrew Cogliano for the 2022-23 season.

Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed, but multiple reports said it was for $1.25 million.

Cogliano, 35, joined the Avalanche at the trade deadline this season. He recorded one assist in 18 games with Colorado during the regular season and added six points (three goals, three assists) in 16 playoff games.

Two of his goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs were game-winners.

Avalanche sign Andrew Cogliano

“Andrew was such a big part of our Stanley Cup championship with his leadership and veteran presence,” general manager Joe Sakic said in a news release. “He battled back from various injuries throughout the playoffs and played key minutes for us when we needed it the most. He’s a great teammate who works hard on and off the ice and sets a great example for the rest of the group. We’re excited to have him back for another season.”

A first-round pick by Edmonton in 2005, Cogliano has 426 points (174 goals, 252 assists) in 1,140 career games with the Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Avalanche.

Colorado acquired him from San Jose on March 21 in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2024.

Penguins re-sign Casey DeSmith

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Oct 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1) makes a save against Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. Calgary shutout Pittsburgh 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms on a two-year extension with backup goalie Casey DeSmith.

DeSmith, 30, will earn an average of $1.8 million per season through the 2023-24 season, the club announced Tuesday.

DeSmith went 11-6-5 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 26 games (24 starts) in 2021-22.

DeSmith, who went undrafted, is 43-28-11 with a 2.67 GAA and .915 save percentage in 96 career games (82 starts) in four seasons behind Penguins starter Tristan Jarry.

Rangers sign Julien Gauthier

Forward Julien Gauthier and the New York Rangers agreed on a one-year contract extension.

The team did not announce financial terms on Tuesday.

Gauthier, 24, appeared in 49 games for the Rangers in 2021-22, tallying seven points (three goals, four assists). He set career highs in both goals and games played.

The Carolina Hurricanes selected the Quebec native with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. In 96 games with the Hurricanes (2019-20) and Rangers, he has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists).

He played just five games with the Hurricanes before they traded him to New York for defenseman Joey Keane on Feb. 18, 2020.

Bruins sign two

The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Nick Wolff and goaltender Kyle Keyser to one-year, two-way contract extensions.

Both deals announced Tuesday carry a $750,000 annual cap hit.

Wolff, 25, has contributed 10 assists in 56 games over the past two seasons with the AHL’s Providence Bruins.

Keyser, 23, is 15-19-15 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout in 44 games over the past three seasons at Providence.

–Field Level Media