DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning loan. Colaiacovo suffered a shoulder injury in the second game of the season on Jan. 21 at Columbus and missed the Red Wings’ next 29 games. He was removed from injured reserve on Mar. 23 and was a healthy scratch for the last three games of Detroit’s recently-completed west coast road trip (Mar. 24 at Anaheim, Mar. 25 at Phoenix and Mar. 28 at San Jose).
Colaiacovo, 30, 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 and registered 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 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 372 career games, posting 139 points (30-109-139) and 191 PIM.