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Report: Detroit offers Colaiacovo two-year deal

Aug 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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In need of defensive depth, the Detroit Red Wings have reportedly reached out to veteran blueliner Carlo Colaiacovo.

According to Brendan Savage of, sources claim the Wings have offered the former Toronto and St. Louis rearguard a two-year deal believed to be worth $2.5 million annually.

Colaiacovo, 29, spent the last four years in St. Louis — years that were productive, but riddled with injury.

He averaged 26 points per season (including a career-high 32 in 2009-10) but never appeared in more than 67 games in a single season, missing 69 games overall during his time as a Blue.

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Detroit initially offered a one-year deal, but Colaiacovo was seeking a three-year pact.

The sides might compromise on a two-year deal. Colaicovo earned $2.5 million last season. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has been in constant contact with Colaicovo’s agent, Pat Morris, this week.

If the Red Wings sign Colaiacovo, they would likely would be done on defense since they would have seven NHL defensemen.

A projected $2.5 million cap hit would make Colaiacovo the fifth highest-paid Wings defenseman, behind Niklas Kronwall ($4.75 million), Kyle Quinicey ($3.77), Jonathan Ericsson ($3.25) and Ian White ($2.87).

  1. tmoore4075 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Big risk but if he stays healthy a big reward. But since there won’t be a season it doesn’t matter.

  2. t16rich - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Play 2 strong seasons for Detroit and I guarantee someone will offer a nice contract in 3 years.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Exactly, he can only help his value spending a few years learning and playing in the Wings system and then re-enter the market.

  3. spetznaz777 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    detroit dont do it. he’s never and will never play a full season. detroit is just wasting a roster spot. concussion prone and doesnt protect himself on the boards and gets rocked. bite the bullet and get jay bo for consistency.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Roster spots are so valuable you don’t take a chance on his upside?

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      I would do this over Jay Bo. Flames want to much. I read flip, and nyquist. no thanks.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Are people forgetting that this is a TWO year deal? Of course there is risk but it’s not like they signed him to a 7 year deal. Smart move by DET.

  5. stevedurbano - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    I don’t doubt his heart, but the truth is that the injuries affected his play over the last season. He was never a big hitter, but he was becoming very tentative where contact was involved. I don’t think he and Hitch were on the same page and he was probably trying to protect his health knowing he’d be a free agent. I wish him the best of luck.

  6. sergeikremlin - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Two year deal is as fair as it gets for a player who hasn’t hit the 70 game mark since breaking into the league 9 years ago. Considering it’s the Detroit Red Wings and the money is reportedly $2.5 M per for a player coming off of a 19-point season, I would expect Coliacovo to jump all over this deal.

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