By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
As the hockey world awaits a probable lockout, the Detroit Red Wings signed a seventh defensemen and a homegrown youngster to multi-year deals.
According to Michigan Live, Detroit signed free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year deal rumored to be for $2.15 million his first season and $2.85 million in 2013-2014. The Red Wings also locked up forward Justin Abdelkader for four years in a deal believed to be for an annual average of $1.7 million per season.
The 6’1” 200-pound Colaiacovo is a former first round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After playing at least one game in each of five seasons for Toronto, Colaiacovo found a home in St. Louis for the past four seasons.
ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 30: Carlo Colaiacovo #28 of the St. Louis Blues waits for a face-off against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on April 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. ...