St. Louis Blues: Is Signing Injury-Prone Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo A Good Move?
The St. Louis Blues are off to a great start to the 2013-14 season, boasting an 11-2-3 record and holding onto fourth place in an incredibly competitive Central Division. Goal Scoring and goaltending have not been issues for the team this season, as they rank fourth in the league in goals per game and sixth in goals against. Three of their top six scorers are defenseman, but an injury that will sideline Jordan Leopold for eight weeks has created a void on the blue line that the Blues will now try and fill with veteran Carlo Colaiacovo. Pending a physical, the Blues will see Colaiacovo return to action at a bargain price, and if he can fill in for a couple months this could end up being a great signing.
The Blues are incredibly familiar with Colaiacovo, as he played in St. Louis from 2008-1012. Like Leopold, he doesn’t bring much to the table offensively, but that shouldn’t matter with Kevin Shattenkirk, Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester contributing on that end of the ice. With Leopold out, the Blues need a veteran who is responsible in his own zone, and Colaiacovo definitely fits the bill there if he can stay healthy. The Detroit Red Wings signed him for last season, but he was limited to just six regular season games due to injuries. He looked better during nine playoff games, but was bought out over the summer. He has yet to play in the NHL this season, but as far as short term fixes go, this should be a great move by the Blues as long as he can stay healthy. Through 13 games, Leopold had two assists, four penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.