DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings announced Friday they signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year-deal. The veteran blue-liner has skated in 370 career Games with Toronto and St. Louis.

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 the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-1, 200-lb. rearguard played in 111 games over parts of six seasons with Toronto registering 33 points (12-21-33) and 57 PIM in a Maple Leafs uniform.

On Nov. 24, 2008, Colaiacovo was traded to the St. Louis Blues with teammate Alexander Steen in exchange for Lee Stempniak. Colaiacovo spent the past four seasons patrolling the blue-line in St. Louis, skating in 259 games for the Blues, collecting 106 points (18-88-106) and 134 PIM. In total, the nine-year NHL veteran has appeared in 370 career games, posting 139 points (30-109-139) and 191 PIM.

Prior to his professional career, Colaiacovo spent four seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. The Toronto, Ont., native helped lead the Otters to the 2002 OHL championship as Erie became just the second OHL team based in the United States to win a league title. Colaiacovo was named a Second Team OHL All-Star following the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

He was selected by Toronto in the first round (#17  overall) of the 2001 NHL entry draft.


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