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Red Wings’ Colaiacovo might not be ready for season opener

Jan 6, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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Carlo Colaiacovo changed Central Division teams by signing with the Detroit Red Wings before the lockout, but that hasn’t stopped him from dealing with the same injury frustrations.

The brittle blueliner expects to miss two to three weeks after injuring his shoulder at the Spengler Cup, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James. (That outlook could change once the Red Wings get to see it for themselves, however.)

That would likely fall in line with missing a small portion of the abbreviated 2012-13 season, but again, a lot can change once the team observes the injury.

Colaiacovo could be an asset – albeit a subtle one – if he manages to play more often than not.

Still, many will remember him for his injury history more than anything else.

St. Louis Game Time does a great job chronicling the revolving door of ailments he’s experienced, but the bottom line is that he’s only played more than 70 games once in his career* and fell in the 60-range during his St. Louis Blues run.

Colaiacovo’s time with the Red Wings could eventually turn out more positive, yet it’s obviously not off to a great start.

* 73 games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blues in 2008-09.

  1. jpat2424 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Who cares!!!

  2. hellmaca - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    What do you mean who cares? Hockey’s back and I’m glad we can start paying attention to trivial stuff like this story and not the CBA.

  3. norcalcane6 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    As true fans we should boycott this season to teach Bettman & owners a lesson. Think of all the good that would come out of it. Bettman fired, at least 6 teams folding (thus increasing the quality of play by thickening the now thin talent pool), no more hockey in places where it does not belong like Columbus, Nashville, Tampa, etc. I have been a fan of the sport my whole life and the callous disregard of the NHL fan by the league and the players is too much. I love the game of hockey and will continue to support the Olympic teams and College Hockey, but in today’s economy I will not support greed, stupidity, and the way that nobody in this sport cares about the people that pay their salaries – us. The NHL will never see a dime of my hard-earned money again.

    • hockinj25 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      I guess I’m not a true fan because I’m watching every damn game I can.

    • polegojim - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Bettman isn’t the enemy norcal, there is enough blame on both sides. He kept it going.

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