It seems like the Red Wings have finally added a little depth to their blue line.
Andy Strickland of the Fan 590-AM in St. Louis broke the news Wednesday. Apparently the deal is worth 5 million over the two years. It was reported that the former Blues defensemen was looking for a 3 year deal from the Red Wings and that’s why he was waiting so long to reach a deal with the team. With CBA negotiations picking back up today with a considerable move forward with an NHL ultimatum put on the table, maybe he figured he better sign before a new deal was struck.
Detroit knows Colaiacovo pretty well, after playing against him over the past four seasons while he was on the division rival Blues. While he is not known for his offensive skills coming out of his own zone, he will definitely help fill the void left behind by Brad Stuart’s departure to San Jose. He is a defensive defensemen who can log a lot of minutes and take care of his own end, plus he’s good for 30 points a season. He may not be the piece all Red Wings fans were wishing for, but he will be a great addition to a team that desperately needed more depth in the position.
The number one thing that will be in the back of everyone’s minds is the fact that he has a tendency to miss about 20 games a season, at least the last 4 years. The good news is that he’s only 29 years old. This could be a bargain deal if the guy can eat up minutes on the 2nd D pairing and keep the puck in front of Jimmy Howard.
Mike Babcock and Kenny Holland have already discussed that they are pleased with the depth at forward and probably won’t make any more moves up front. If the salary cap is rolled back with a new CBA signed and Holland can trade some depth up front for a top pair D-man, he will. Some teams that might be over the salary cap won’t be asking for such a high price this time around. Holland might end up looking like a genius and all of the Holland haters will have something new to talk about.
This Detroit team might look a lot different in a few weeks and a lot more promising than it did this morning. This team may not be more skilled than last years but they will be a harder squad to play against, which is something I know I was hoping for this offseason. Now let’s just hope a deal gets signed by midnight on Saturday.