The Detroit Red Wings knew the risk associated with signing Carlo Colaiacovo when they brought him in on a two-year deal last summer.
But while Colaiacovo had an extensive injury history prior to coming to the Wings, few could have expected it to be this bad. He’s appeared in just two games this year. Those games were the first two of the season, meaning he has not appeared in a tilt since January 21st.
Colaiacovo was cleared over the weekend after spending all of that time on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was a health scratch on Monday, but could return to the lineup at some point this week. When he does, it will provide a nice boost to the Red Wings’ blue line.
With Kyle Quincey out with a fractured cheekbone, the Wings have been rolling with Ian White as a no. 6 defenseman. The Red Wings could look to replace White with Colaiacovo, once he’s deemed ready for game action.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Colaiacovo is going to be guaranteed a spot moving forward. He’s going to have to earn every bit of playing time he gets down the stretch. Aside from having to fight off Ian White for playing time, Kyle Quincey will return eventually.
Not to mention the fact that the Red Wings are in pursuit of Danny DeKeyser, who would immediately be inserted into the lineup. Colaiacovo is going to have to work his way back into the lineup quickly, and once he’s there, he’ll have to stay there. Which has been easier said than done for him over the course of his career.