The Detroit Red Wings still have a desperate need on their blue line and they’ve apparently turned to Carlo Colaiacovo to fill it. MLive’s Brandon Savage reported early Friday morning that the Wings have made a two-year offer worth about $5 million to the 29-year-old Colaiacovo, who is currently a free agent.
Colaiacovo spent the past four seasons in St. Louis; before that, he played for the Maple Leafs from 2002-09.
Colaiacovo could bring some offensive prowess to a Detroit defensive group badly in need of a little more punch after Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement — Colaiacovo put up 19 points last season (2 G, 17 A) but averaged 29 points in the three prior seasons.
The glaring issue with Colaiacovo has been his inability to stay on the ice. He played a career-high 73 games between Toronto and St. Louis in 2008-09 but hasn’t suited up for more than 67 games in a season since. Prior to that 73-game year, Colaiacovo’s career-high in games played was just 48.
The Red Wings had been searching for a top-four defenseman to help them replace Lidstrom and Brad Stuart — and that search may continue even if Colaiacovo signs, though another move likely would force Detroit to trade or waive one of its current defensemen (Jakub Kindl would be the obvious candidate).
The NHL still faces a lockout come September if the league and NHLPA cannot reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.