Fantasy Impact: The Detroit Red Wings have inked veteran defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million per season.


The Red Wings get: a solid two-way defenseman who is well-known as one of the bigger band-aid boys in the entire league. Colaiacovo spent most of last season playing alongside Alex Pietrangelo, and he had a pretty solid year because of it. He won’t replace Nick Lidstrom in any regard, but he is a solid second pairing defenseman who will be able to play 18-20 minutes per night. Colaiacovo’s 19 points last season was his lowest total since coming over to St. Louis in 2008 – he had three straight years of 25-32 points before.


He isn’t as bad defensively as many think, either, but playing with a rising superstar like Pietrangelo definitely helped in that regard.


Fantasy Players Impacted:


Obviously this is great for Colaiacovo, as he goes from a man without a contract to playing for a very good hockey club. This doesn’t affect Nicklas Kronwall, Kyle Quincey, or Ian White at all, but it provides some more competition for all of Detroit’s other defensemen, most notably Jonathan Ericsson, Brendan Smith, and Jakub Kindl.


Assuming Colaiacovo is healthy, he bumps one of Smith or Kindl out of the top six (for now).


Wings GM Ken Holland:


"He's a veteran. He's played in the NHL. Smith is a rookie. Kindl has been around a bit but hasn't really had the opportunity to establish himself. Carlo gives us another veteran defenseman for our team. He can play on power play. He's got the ability to get the puck in the hands of our forwards. It's another veteran."

Holland and the Wings are aware that Colaiacovo is likely good for about 60-65 games per season (perhaps a shortened season helps him in that regard). The Wings didn’t want to go into the season with Smith and Kindl holding down spots without earning them – it wouldn’t be the Detroit way to do that.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:


1. Colaiacovo


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:


1. Smith (short term only)

2. Kindl

3. Ericsson

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InnocentBystander said:

... sorry. but colaiacovo is not a defenceman that you use to play tough minutes unless he has a partner who is so dominant defensivley and at transitioning from defence to offence that a lot of the mistakes made by CC will be covered... becasue, believe me, there will be mistakes. detroit is a good fit for CC, he is suited to a puck possession system, but he is a borderline top-4 defender at best. Pietrangelo allowed CC to play to his strengths and that is why the pairing worked. It essentially allowed hitchcock to take a bottom pairing defender and move him to play "sheltered" top line minutes due to Pietrangelo's absolute dominance on the ice. There is not another player on the blues that CC could have been effective with in top line duties. It was also good for the team because it strengthened the bottom 2 pairings because CC wasn't on one of them... now, the blues top four is stronger than the wings, so it is conceivable that he finds his way into the top 4 in hockeytown next year (while healthy). i still think smith has better powerplay skills than CC, but detroit does seem to favor a veteran pressence over all else. anywas, i almost swallowed my tongue when i saw the word colaiacovo and tough minutes in the same sentence without the words pietrangelo, chara or weber involved...
September 14, 2012
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robmyatt said:

Smith I think there's an argument to be made that this Colaiacovo signing helps Smith.
One would assume it is in Detroits best interest to give Smith sheltered minutes (lower quality of competition) and PP opportunities. Colaiacovo played much tougher minutes than Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk did in St louis and this allowed AP and Shatty to be fresh for PP Duties and face easier minutes (although AP had some tough minutes too). With Colaiacovo playing the tough minutes against other teams top lines, this allows Babcock to put Smith into situations where his offensive skills can be better utilized. Colaiacovo will eat into some of Smith's PP time, but not nearly as much as Lidstrom did last season.

Regardless, a very smart signing by Holland again.
September 14, 2012
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