The St. Louis Blues have reached a tentative agreement with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, according to the team’s official website. The defender had previously spent four seasons with St. Louis before moving on to the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. According to the team’s press release, the one-year contract is contingent on Colaiacovo passing a physical examination.
As per the Blues’ website:
The Blues have agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo pending the results of a medical.
Colaiacovo, 30, spent last season in the Detroit Red Wings organization and has appeared in 376 National Hockey League (NHL) games over 10 seasons.
There was a point when Colaiacovo was considered a strong up-and-coming offensive-defenseman. His inability to make strong plays in his own end and tendency to cough up the puck at bad times have forced him from trade chip to afterthought, but the Blues need some depth on the blue line following an injury to Jordan Leopold.
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All told, the Blues will have a mighty impressive blue line when healthy. Having a player of Colaiacovo’s caliber to call on, even in depth situations bodes well for a team that has Stanley Cup aspirations this season. The Blues have been crushing so far in 2013-14, and are 11-2-2 right now.
In Colaiacovo they get a known commodity, and it’s likely that he’ll be fired up to make an impression after getting forced into the press box in his last season as a Red Wing. He sat and waited for an offer all summer and didn’t receive a call, so this might be his last shot to stick a professional gig at the NHL level.
We’ve seen stranger comeback stories than that this season.