Red Wings Ink Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo

By Daniel Gustkey

It was only a matter of time before Detroit Red Wings‘ general manager Ken Holland added more depth to the Red Wings’ blue line.  In this case the depth comes in the form of former rival Carlo Colaiacovo.  The Red Wings signed the unrestricted free agent Canadian defenseman to a two year deal worth five million dollars.

The absence of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart left a hole in the Detroit defense, and with the relative youth of Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl, some experienced depth was necessary.  Colaiavoco should be able to provide that, if nothing else.  Colaiacovo is 29 years old, but his decade long tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues makes him a seasoned veteran.  He’s a veteran,” Holland said. “He’s played in the NHL. Smith is a rookie. Kindl has been around a bit but hasn’t really had the opportunity to establish himself.  Carlo gives us another veteran defenseman for our team. He can play on power play. He’s got the ability to get the puck in the hands of our forwards. It’s another veteran.”

Carlo Colaiacovo has never been known as a goalscorer, as he has only found the back of the net 30 times over his career, and never more than seven in a single season.  Colaiacovo has been hampered with injuries throughout his career, but the Red Wings are hoping to get this most out of him going forward.  Colaiacovo has never played more than 67 games in a season, but Ken Holland has acknowledged that he fully understands the asset the Red Wings just added.  “He’s healthy,” Holland said. “We’re aware that he’s a guy that probably plays 60-65 games per year. It is what it is. We’re fully aware of what we’re signing.”

Colaiacovo will be reunited with former teammate Ian White, as those two played together for more than three years while coming up with the Maple Leafs.

Expect the Red Wings to continue to add to their team, as they still have plenty of cap room to get involved on the trade scene.  You know, assuming we actually play hockey this season.

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