A familiar face is back in St. Louis. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has signed a one-year deal to return to the Blues, pending a medical exam. The move to bring in additional depth at defense was made after the Blues learned Jordan Leopold will be out for at least two months.
Don't panic quite yet. It's safe to assume Colaiacovo was brought in simply because the Blues have almost no depth at defense beyond Ian Cole. Cole should still be the sixth defenseman while Colaiacovo is a seventh option which has more NHL experience than any of the other options the Blues have in the AHL.
First, let's stop and appreciate the fact that this video is relevant once again:
Now, let's look at what Colaiacovo has been up to since we saw him last. After the Blues let him walk after the 2011-12 season, Colaiacovo signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Injuries struck almost immediately (shocking, right?). Carlo suited up in just six games for the Red Wings in 2012-13 and the team eventually bought out his contract. Since then Carlo has been without an NHL home.
The Blues have improved their depth, but fans will question why the team elected to sign a defenseman who is known for his injuries more than anything else. His nickname is Glass Carlo for a reason. Still,