Thread: Confirmed with Link: Wings sign Carlo Colaiacovo
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08-30-2012, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
CC is about equal to Brent Sopel (age-adjusted), and has been for much of their respective careers. Sopel was invited to training camp before the 07-08 season (he was 30 going into the season, turned 31 that year) and signed with Chicago during camp. He became part of Chicago's top-four by the time they won the Cup - he was 33 at the end of that season. Sopel's birthday is Jan 7th, Colaiacovo is Jan 27th. Sopel is 6 years older. So projecting based on past achievements and similar developmental arcs, Colaiacovo should be at the level where he's a top-four defenseman on a Cup team in three seasons.
Sopel was the #5 defenseman for Chicago and that was by default...competing against crap defenseman like Jordan Hendry and Nick Boynton. He would've been the #6 defenseman if Kim Johnsson was healthy but he missed the entire playoffs with a concussion. He was okay on the PK but was one of the Hawks' whipping boys throughout the year.

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