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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.

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