Found September 13, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
If the Red Wings do sign Justin Abdelkader to a 4-year contract extension today, or Ken Holland closes a deal with as-yet-unsigned UFA target Carlo Colaiacovo prior to this weekend, he will do so in the most awkward of circumstances. One of the most player-friendly GM's in the game from one of the league's supposedly players-as-family-oriented organizations is in fact attending the Board of Governors' meetings today, where he will presumably rubber-stamp Gary Bettman's lockout on behalf of the Red Wings (whether they are doing so as a "good citizen," for the sake of pure profit and greed or due to circumstances beyond the team's control is unknown)... While Abdelkader, Coaliacovo and half the team's roster are attending the NHLPA's final player meetings in a hotel not too far from the Mariott Marquis, which is hosting the Board of Governors. So this morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James revisits some of the comments the players made...

Khan: Red Wings will sign Justin Abdelkader to a 4-year contract

Good news for Justin Abdelkader? Probably, regardless of how much of his contract he'll actually be paid under the new CBA. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans on signing Abdelkader to a 4-year deal: "I anticipate we'll get something done before Saturday,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We're down to...

Red Wings mid-day quickies: good news on Abdelkader’s contract, ‘a day in the life’ and multimedia

Of brief Red Wings-related note from the land of fevers and lockout worries: MLive's Ansar Khan offers good news about Justin Abdelkader's status as a restricted free agent, and kinda good news if you're one for NHLPA solidarity:   Wings' Justin Abdelkader said he expects to have new contract by tomorrow. Wants it done before lockout. — Ansar Khan...

Red Wings sign Abdelkader, Colaiacovo

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Justin Abdelkader to a four-year, $7.2 million contract and signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year, $5 million deal. The 25-year-old Abdelkader had eight goals and 14 assists in 81 games last season for Detroit. He's played 209 games for the Red Wings over the last five seasons. The 29-year-old Colaiacovo was a free agent...

Detroit Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader Discusses His New Contract: Video

We're not sure when the Detroit Red Wings will be on the ice because of the pending NHL lockout, but when they return, Justin Abdelkader will be with them. Continue reading →

Red Wings close to signing forward Justin Abdelkader to a new contract

In light of the Carlo Colaiacovo talk, the Wings are also close to signing forward Justin Abdelkader to a four-year contract. This is per Ansar Khan of “I anticipate we’ll get something done before Saturday,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re down to the short strokes. We’ve been close for a few days, just finalizing some things.” Holland...

Red Wings afternoon news: preparing for a lockout and Abdelkader/Colaiacovo contract talk

It's definitely a strange day for the Red Wings' players. Carlo Colaiacovo made his first visit to Detroit to sign his contract, Justin Abdelkader was signed to a contract extension, and then the Wings' palyers engaged in their last practice at Joe Louis Arena before packing up their ice, watching or at least hearing the ice disappear and then packing up their gear, with...

Done and done by Ken Holland: Red Wings re-sign Justin Abdelkader, sign Carlo Colaiacovo

Via RedWingsFeed, I'm sure the signings of these actual contacts will be quite awkward given that Ken Holland voted on behalf of the Red Wings to lock the following two players out, and aside from informally assigning Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist and Damien Brunner to Grand Rapids, MLive's Ansar Khan notes that the Red Wings made some final personnel moves on Thursday night...

Report: Detroit Red Wings Settle for Second-Tier Defensive Free Agent Carlo Colaiacovo

I wonder if Ken Holland was humming “Closing time, time for you to go out into the world, closing time, turn up the lights over every boy and girl, closing time…” when he called Carlo Colaiacovo’s agent, since it sure feels … Continue reading →

Conflicting reports on the Wings and Carlo Colaiacovo

Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan in St. Louis reported Wednesday night that the Wings have signed free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to two-year contract worth $5 million dollars. Detroit #Redwings sign Carlo Colaiacovo to a two year contract totaling $5 mil…$2.15 in yr one $2.85 in second yr #NHL — Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) September 12, 2012 However after Strickland...

Detroit Makes Colaiacovo Signing Official

Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the team has signed free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year deal.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the contract were not disclosed.   Colaiacovo, 29, was originally a first-round selection (17th overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in...

Red Wings overnight report: one last ‘normal’ day

And now things get really weird, even by TMR standards. Half of the Detroit Red Wings' players took part in the NHLPA's player meetings in New York on Thursday night, and the re-signed Justin Abdelkader and his teammates will engage in one final practice at Joe Louis Arena today. After they're done, they'll bag up their gear, their skates and sticks, say goodbye to...

Red Wings make Colaiacovo, Abdelkader signings officially official

From the Red Wings' PR department... RED WINGS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMANCARLO COLAIACOVO TO A TWO-YEAR DEAL ... Veteran Blue-Liner has Skated in 370 Career Games With Toronto and St. Louis … Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the team has signed free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to...

Are the Red Wings ‘close’ to signing Carlo Colaiacovo? Yes, no, maybe so, chck back in the morning

A little over an hour ago, okay, more like 90 minutes ago, Andy Strickland Tweeted the following...   Detroit #Redwings sign Carlo Colaiacovo to a two year contract totaling $5 mil...$2.15 in yr one $2.85 in second yr #NHL — Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) September 12, 2012 But I'm not allowed to go on one tip, so I waited. The Free Press's Helene St...

Detroit Red Wings ink Colaiacovo

Try as they may, the Detroit Red Wings weren’t going to be able to fully fill the hole in their defense left by Nicklas Lidstrom. When quite possibly the best defenseman ever leaves the team, a void is left that can only be patched, not filled. GM Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings patched that hole on Thursday by signing defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Colaiacovo, formerly of...
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