Carlo Colaiacovo, the former St. Louis Blues defensemen, has agreed to a two-year, 5 million dollar deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He will join a questionable group of defensemen in Detroit now that Nicklas Lidstrom has retired. Carlo is an average defensemen in most aspects. He will play the puck and is capable of making some nice passes (he usually gets over 20 assists), but also some crucial turnovers. His shot is average or a bit above for a defensemen and he did get some powerplay and penalty kill time during his tenure with the Blues. His is capable of playing physical but usually does not. The main problem with Carlo is that he is an injury hazard. He was always missing games as a Blue and he never played in more that 67 in his 4 full years here. Carlo came to St. Louis with Alex Steen from Toronto for Lee Stempniak, that turned out to be a great trade for the Blues.
Carlo could have definitely been used as the Blues 6th defensmen this season, but his departure is no great loss. He was a player the fans loved to bash, but in some games he was one of the Blues better men on the blue line. Carlo was paired with Pietrangelo for most of the season last year, so it will be interesting to see who Pietrangelo’s new partner is. Hopefully we will get to see Carlo six times this season assuming all games get played and he is healthy, but he won’t be the type of opponent that will strike fear into the Blues players.