Friday, May 13, 2016

Impressions of, and questions concerning--D, Carlo Colaiacovo

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Defenseman--Carlo Colaiacovo
DOB:  January 27, 1983 (age, 33)
Draft:  2001, 17th overall (TOR)
How acquired:  Free agent signee (PHI,) 2015
Last contract signed:  2015, 1yr./$900k
Final year of contract:  2015-16

2015-16 Stats:  36 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, -11

What we wrote preseason:  "The 32 yr. old Colaiacovo is a former 1st round pick of his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs (2001, 17th overall) but has been a nomad since being traded to the St. Louis Blues in November, 2008.

"St. Louis brought him back on a one-year deal but he played in only 25 regular season games mainly due to injury once again. The injury prone Colaiacovo, ironically enough, was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers on October 30, 2014 due to a rash of injuries that hit their blueline. Young stud Shane Gostisbehere had been in the lineup playing well but the Flyers wanted him developing in the AHL so on came Colaiacovo. He had a good season in Philly, but went unsigned at the end and Murray picked him up this off season."

What we wrote mid-season:  "Has exceeded modest expectations in his reserve/bottom-pairing role. Although he ain't Niklas Lidstrom, Colaiacovo is veteran of over 450 regular season NHL games and knows his way around the ice. He knows his role too."

Impressions on his play this year:  T 32 yrs. old and with over 400 NHL games under his belt, there really wasn't too much about Colaiacovo's game that would come as a surprise. Staying healthy had always been a concern, but the odds of him hitting IR were slim as the reserve role he was in would limit his playing time.

When given ice-time he held his own about as well as one would expect.

Questions moving forward:  Where will this journeyman's journey take him next?

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