After one season with the Detroit Red Wings, the process to buy defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo out of his contract has begun.
Buyout waivers: Gerbe (BUF) Colaiacovo (DET).
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 3, 2013
The Wings will use one of their compliance buyouts on him once he clears waivers.
Trade rumors were swirling around Colaiacovo before the draft, but it seems that the Wings could not find a suitor to take him off their hands.
Colaiacovo lasted only two games before being injured in the shortened season, which all but doomed him in Detroit. The injury, coupled with other defensive injuries, forced the Red Wings to bring up Brian Lashoff and he not only impressed the Wings’ brass, but earned a permanent spot on the blue line.
The nail in the coffin though, was the late season addition on Danny DeKeyser. DeKeyser stepped right into the NHL and played at such a high level that it made Carlo Colaiacovo an expendable asset.
The often hurt defenseman was only able to play in 6 regular season games and 9 playoff games, but when he was healthy he was a solid 5th/6th defenseman. The problem is he was not healthy often enough.
When he was added to the line-up in the playoffs he shined, but it was not enough for the Wings to keep him in Detroit.
Best of luck in your next endeavor, Carlo Colaiacovo.