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Report: Colaiacovo close to signing with Detroit

Sep 12, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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The current CBA is set to expire on Saturday, but Detroit might take a significant step towards addressing their defensive problems before that happens.

Carlo Colaiacovo is close to inking with Detroit, although Red Wings GM Ken Holland said nothing has been signed yet, according to the Detroit News.

The contract is expected to be in the ballpark of $5 million over two seasons.

Colaiacovo would be joining a team that needs some defensive depth after losing Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart this summer.

Colaiacovo is capable of eating minutes and can chip in offensively, so he would definitely provide them with a boost. What he can’t be counted on to do is replace the star power they’ve lost over the past couple of seasons with the retirements of Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski before that.

It’s also worth noting that Colaiacovo has never managed to play a full season at the NHL level. The closest he came was in 2008-09 when he played in 73 games between the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. Over the last three seasons, he’s played in 196 of a possible 246 regular season contests.

  1. hockinj25 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Well since there will be a lockout he won’t need to play a full season. Solid pickup for the Wings if they finalize it.

  2. redwingsfan999 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Great signing if the wings finalize it, I think r defense will be set for now but I don’t think this will be r defense by the end of the season, holland has something else up his sleeve

  3. dcbear90 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    There is a reason some Blues fans call him Splodey Bones. Good luck with the 60 or so games you get out of him.

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