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Blues bring back Colaiacovo

Tuesday, 07.06.2010 / 4:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Blues bring back Colaiacovo
The St. Louis Blues have re-signed 27-year-old defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year contract extension.
The St. Louis Blues have re-signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year contract extension.

Colaiacovo, 27, played in a career-high 67 games last season and finished second among Blues defenseman with a career-high 32 points (7 goals, 25 assists). The 6-1, 200-pound defenseman has played in seven NHL seasons, skating in 241 games, registering 94 points (22 goals, 72 assists) along with 146 penalty minutes.

"I've said all along that St. Louis was the only place that I wanted to play," Colaiacovo said. "Management has put together an exciting team and I wish the season started tomorrow."

The Toronto, Ontario native was acquired by the Blues along with Alex Steen from Toronto in exchange for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008 and was originally drafted by Toronto in the first round, No. 17 in the 2001 Entry Draft.

"Carlo has been a solid part of our defensive core for the past two seasons," GM Doug Armstrong said. "Puck-moving defensemen are not easy to find in this League and Carlo's offensive abilities will be heavily counted on for the next two seasons."

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