Last night, the Red Wings signed veteran defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (try saying that 5 times fast, or harder yet, try spelling it) to a 2-year $5 million deal according to Andy Strickland, the Radio Host of 590 the Fan in St. Louis. Detroit fans have been waiting all summer to hear Ken Holland’s plan for the Wings’ blueline situation. After Michal Rozsival and Scott Hannan were recently signed by the Blackhawks and Predators respectively, Holland clearly didn’t want to lose another opportunity.
Colaiacovo will join a defense corps that includes Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Kyle Quincey, Jonathan Ericsson, and Brendan Smith/Jakub Kindl. This acquisition will take a lot of pressure off young defenders Smith and Kindl, and Carlo will add a veteran presence to the team. He will likely be a third pairing defenseman. According to Wikipedia, the Toronto native has accumulated 30 goals and 109 assists for 139 points in 370 NHL games. He was drafted by the Leafs 17th overall back in 2001, and his most recent stint was with the St. Louis Blues (2008-2012). The negative side about Carlo is that he has a history of being injury prone.
In 2005-06 he played only 32 games (NHL and AHL combined) due to a concussion. In 2006-07 he played 48 games and in 2007-2008 (after arthroscopic knee surgery) he played in just 28 games. But on the positive side, with St. Louis he played an average of 65 games per season the last 4 years which indicates that his health is much better. Great signing by Detroit. Let’s just hope that Colaiacovo doesn’t try to get revenge on Tootoo during the first Red Wings practice. Talk about awkward. Now…about that CBA.
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