Red Wings re-sign Justin Abdelkader, sign Carlo Colaiacovo

On Friday, the Red Wings signed two players to contracts, forward Justin Abdelkader and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

Abdelkader, a 2005 second round pick by Detroit, finished with 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) last season, according to NHL.com.  The 25-year-old has played 209 games over the last five years, all with Detroit, recording 18 goals and 29 assists.  In 37 playoffs appearances, he has three goals and two assists.

NBC Sports reports that Abdelkader signed a four-year, $7.2 million deal.

Colaiacovo, who played for the St. Louis Blues last season, signed a two-year, $5 million contract, according to NBC Sports.  Colaiacovo was signed to help deal with the defensive void left behind with the departures of Brad Stuart and longtime captain Niklas Lidstrom.

Colaiacovo is a nine-year veteran, spending time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blues.  In 370 games, the 29-year-old has 30 goals and 109 assists.

Colaiacovo has struggled to stay healthy, reports NHL.com, after being taken 17th overall in the 2001 draft.  He has only played more than 70 games in a season one time in his nine-year career and more than 65 games just three times.

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