This off-season the Detroit Red Wings were hoping to make a huge splash as they had money to spend, instead they added two former Toronto Maple Leafs. First signing Jonas Gustafsson to be the back up goaltender and now signing defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year contract.
Colaiacovo is extremely fragile defenseman who can put up decent numbers. He has never played an entire season as he suffers at least one significant injury a season.
Some of his career highs are 73 games played, which was four seasons ago when he split time between Toronto and the St. Louis Blues. In the 2006-07 season he scored career high eight goals and three seasons ago he scored career high 32 points.
When Colaiacovo plays he is a 0.45 point per game player, which over a 82 game season is 37 points. He is a solid depth defenseman in your hockey pool, especially if your pool has IR spots, as you will definitely need to put Carlo there at least once a season.
Unless you’re in a deep pool (20+ teams with four defenseman scoring) or one that has IR spots you should stay away from Colaiacovo. He is high risk and medium reward.
In other news, Detroit was able to re-sign Justin Abdelkader to a four-year contract extension.
Abdelkader has developed nicely into a big two-way agitating forward. At 6-1 and 220 pounds he can be a very effective shutdown player. He did score career high eight goals and 22 points last season.
He has very little fantasy value
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