DETROIT — The Wings search for a seventh NHL defenseman still has them focused one in particular – Carlo Colaiacovo.
Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed by text that they are still talking to Colaiacovo, 29, about possibly coming to Detroit, but that he’s not signed.
The Macomb Daily reported on Aug. 24 that the Wings had offered him a two-year deal worth $2.7 million a season.
The Wings, who are currently $13 million under the salary cap, are in need of a top four defenseman after losing Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade) this offseason.
They currently have six defensemen under contract — Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl.
“We need to sign another defenseman or two,” Holland said in a recent phone interview. “There are some veteran defensemen out there looking for an opportunity. I’m having conversations.”
Colaiacovo, who reportedly is looking for a three-year deal and was originally offered a one-year deal by the Wings, hasn’t played more than 67 games in any season.
He’s not the top-tier defenseman the Wings were looking for, but he’s probably the best option left on free-agent market.
Another option was Michal Rozsival, but he signed a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
What’s left on the open market are Pavel Kubina (Philadelphia), Mark Eaton (New York Islanders), Brett Clark (Tampa Bay) and Milan Jurcina (New York Islanders).
The biggest concern is his health. He has yet to play more than 67 games in any season.
Colaiacovo, who was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has some offensive ability and is a good puck mover.
He shoots left and could play the point on the power play.
It’s just one more defenseman the Wings have tried to add this offseason.
In August, a source confirmed that Detroit has been in contact with the Calgary Flames about trading for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
They made pitches to the unrestricted free agent defenseman Ryan Suter.
After losing out on him the Wings turned their attention to signing restricted free agent Shea Weber to an offer sheet. Weber however chose to sign an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers and it was matched by the Nashville Predators.