Andrew Cogliano was traded to the Dallas Stars by the Anaheim Ducks for Devin Shore on Monday.
Cogliano, a 31-year-old forward, was chosen by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 25 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 46 games this season and 233 (102 goals, 131 assists) in eight seasons with the Ducks, who acquired him in a trade with the Oilers for a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft on July 12, 2011.
"We just thought it was an opportunity for us to get better in a position we want to get better at," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We want to play a faster pace game and I think Andrew Cogliano is one of the best at that in the League. It was a chance to add an asset that is really going to help us."
Cogliano has the fourth-longest consecutive games streak in NHL history (830 games) after Doug Jarvis (964 games), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884), and third-longest in the NHL/NBA/MLB from the start of a career from Oct. 4, 2007-Jan.13, 2018. His streak ended Jan. 14, 2018 when he was suspended two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for interference against Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe.
"He never misses games, which is great for a guy like that that plays his type of game," Nill said. "He's high in character. You look at his resume, he's played a lot of hockey, a lot of winning hockey. Any time you can bring those type of players in it just adds to your team."
The Ducks (19-18-9, 47 points) have lost 11 consecutive games (0-7-4) but are tied with the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Anaheim, whose last win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 17, will attempt to end the longest losing streak in its history when it plays the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, PRIME, NHL.TV).
"It's definitely not ideal, I guess, both situations, and that's when things get shaken up," Shore said about coming to Anaheim. "All I'm going to try and focus on are the things that I can control, which is my work ethic and the attitude I bring to the rink each day. I'm looking forward to meeting the guys and earning their respect. I guess you can't really focus too much on what's going on around you. You've just got to make sure you do what you can and put in an effort you can be proud of."
Video: Stars get Cogliano from Ducks in exchange for Shore
Cogliano, who signed a three-year contract with Anaheim on Jan. 12, 2018, scored in his final game with the Ducks, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.
He is expected to be in the lineup when Dallas plays the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SUN, NHL.TV), according to the Stars website.
"I'm excited. He's played a lot of big games," Stars coach Jim Montgomery told NHL.com. "He's a veteran player who has had a lot of experience, a lot of success in the League that is going to add pace to our game, someone that can stretch the ice for us and also someone who is going to be very reliable in all three zones without the puck."
Ducks general manager Bob Murray, whose team has been outscored 40-19 in the losing streak, said the reason for the trade was simple.
"We were trying to get younger, obviously, but we're also looking for people with a little bit more creativity because we're not scoring enough goals," Murray said.
Shore, a 24-year-old forward, was Dallas' second-round pick (No. 64) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 42 games this season and 82 points (29 goals, 53 assists) in 209 NHL games. He signed a two-year contract with the Stars on July 13, 2018.
"It's tough leaving the organization that drafted you, but I'm looking forward to the new opportunity," Shore said.
"Everyone talks about how, once you get to the pros, it is a business, and there's been a lot of firsts today. First time feeling certain emotions and certain things, but then you kind of think it won't happen to you. But through the course of a career, it's definitely the exception to be with one team your whole career and not the rule. So you just embrace it and be a good pro and just remember that, even though it stings at the start, you're still playing the game you love for a living, and we're going to a great city and a great team, so we're fortunate there too."
The Stars (23-19-4, 50 points) are third in the Central Division, eight points behind the second-place Nashville Predators.