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UFA spotlight – Carlo Colaiacovo


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All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Carlo Colaiacovo (D)

Age: 29

2011-12 cap hit: $2.125 million

The skinny:

Any team that signs Colaiacovo needs to accept his lengthy injury history. He played in a career-high 73 games back in 2008-09, but has missed 50 games over the last three seasons with a variety of ailments.

He’s also coming off a disappointing 19-point campaign, his worst showing since he joined the Blues and down from his career-high 32 points in 2009-10.

According to St. Louis Today, Colaiacovo’s tenure with the Blues is probably done -- but he shouldn’t have a tough time finding work on the open market.

Colaiacovo is relatively young, capable of chipping in offensively and averaged a solid 19 minutes of ice time in 2011-12. Given the low number of NHL-caliber defensemen set to become UFAs, it wouldn’t be surprising if Colaiacovo ends up with a three-plus year contract -- despite his rough season and past injury problems.

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