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[Report] Red Wings offer Colaiacovo 2 yr, $5 mill deal.


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The Detroit Red Wings could be close to signing free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

A source told MLive.com that the Red Wings have made a two-year offer for about $2.5 million a season.

Colaiacovo, 29, is a good skater and puck-mover with some offensive ability, having averaged 27 points a season the past four years with the St. Louis Blues. He shoots left and can play the point on the power play.

His biggest issue has been his health. He hasn't played more than 67 games in any season.

Colaiacovo (6-1, 200) isn't the top-pair defenseman the Red Wings were seeking after losing Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (signed with San Jose), but he is one of the few viable options remaining in what was a weak free-agent market.

MLive.com first reported the Red Wings' interest in Colaiacovo on July 3. Detroit initially offered a one-year deal, but Colaiacovo was seeking a three-year pact.

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I would have been surprised if someone didn't pick him up. Usually, as the later the summer gets the deals get smaller, but this one is still more than he made in his last deal. He can put up 20+ points for you at least, so he's not a bad fill in.

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Holland is in a bind so I can see where this signing is coming from. 2014 is when Holland will have significantly more options for UFA defenceman, until then he's got to do whatever he can to stop the bleeding on the blueline. Can't help but think there would have been better options out there for Det to look at via trade - but then again the Det organization as a whole tends to do more via FA signings rather than trades.

Perhaps CC will be better off with Det as opposed to Stl as Det doesn't tend to play that punishing/bruising type of game and CC will be subjected to less wear/tear minimizing his injury risk potential?

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Detroits dominance began when Lidstrom came over from Sweden. It ended when he retired. What a great run.

Wings have always been one of my favourite teams so it's sad to acknowledge they are no longer a dominant team.

Suter would have looked like a gem in red.

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They have $13 to patch up their defense, so $2.5M for a Top-4 guy is not too bad of price to pay, even though he could be slightly brittle. Carlo's pretty skilled anyways, so was just waiting for something like this to get done (don't think they'll pay for J-Bo, but I could be wrong).

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