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Detroit Red Wings sign defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to two-year contract

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 10:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings signed free-agent defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year contract Friday.

The six-foot-one, 200-pound defenceman had 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 64 games with the St. Louis Blues last season. Colaiacovo, 29, has recorded 139 points (30-109) in 370 career games with St. Louis and Toronto.

He was drafted by the Maple Leafs with the 17th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

The Red Wings also signed forward Justin Abdelkader to a four-year contract extension.

Abdelkader, 25, had 22 points (8-14) in 81 games with the Red Wings last season. The six-foot-one, 219-pound forward has 47 points (18-29) in just over three NHL seasons with Detroit.

He was selected in the second round (No. 42 overall) of the 2005 draft.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild