NHL Rumors: Carlo Colaiacovo

Fantasy Grapevine - Week 7 

November, 13, 2013
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Nail YakupovAndy Devlin/NHLI via Getty ImagesHow would Nail Yakupov's fantasy value be affected if he was traded?
Judging from recent comments made to the media, Craig MacTavish wouldn't care much for this post.

Exasperated by the "distracting" talk of a potential trade shipping Nail Yakupov out of Alberta, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers insists the former No. 1 overall draft pick (2012) isn't going anywhere.

That may very well be true (TSN's Darren Dreger believes as much). But after the young forward did little this week to extinguish reignited trade chatter inspired by his agent Igor Larionov, this particular state of affairs may only become more disruptive. If so, and if pushed, MacTavish & Co. may end up cutting ties with the talented youngster after all. You know, when the right, too-good-to-refuse, offer comes along. It wouldn't be the first time a team does a quick about-face on the trade front after pledging to keep a firm grasp on a certain player.

So, wading into more speculative waters, where could Yakupov conceivably land? Talk of a potential deal involving the New York Rangers has echoed the loudest to date. Considering the Oilers' desire for a skilled, power forward and an upgrade on defense, you can imagine Chris Kreider and Michael Del Zotto tick a lot of boxes. And there's little chance that Ales Hemsky alone can land the Edmonton club either Kreider or Del Zotto in return.

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Wings' potential buyout candidates 

July, 3, 2013
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UPDATE: MLive.com reports the Detroit Red Wings will place defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on unconditional waivers Wednesday for the purposes of buying him out (according to a source). The 30-year-old defenseman carries a salary cap hit of $2.5 million for 2013-14. But Colaiacovo appears to be the Red Wings' only target for a compliance buyout this year.

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Same D for Detroit 

May, 8, 2013
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Defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian White are in position to watch yet another playoff game from the press box. Judging from Wednesday's skate, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will likely stick with the same corps of six blueliners from Game 4 (3-2 OT win over the Anaheim Ducks).

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UPDATE: According to MLive.com, the Detroit Red Wings will replace defenseman Danny DeKeyser (broken thumb) with fellow rookie Brian Lashoff in Game 3 versus the Anaheim Ducks.


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DeKeyser debut 

April, 1, 2013
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While Carlo Colaiacovo is set to return to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings Monday, fellow defenseman Danny DeKeyser could make his NHL debut before the work week is through. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, coach Mike Babcock's reaction to the news that Kyle Quincey (fractured cheek bone) expects to play Thursday indicated a willingness to give DeKeyser a shot -- soon.

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White trade talk 

March, 7, 2013
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Facing his fifth-straight game as a healthy scratch, Ian White may not be a member of the Detroit Red Wings much longer. With eight healthy defensemen in play -- nine, once Carlo Colaiacovo returns -- the Red Wings have the luxury of moving the UFA-to-be ahead of the trade deadline.

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Healing Wings 

February, 27, 2013
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Now the Detroit Red Wings may have too many healthy defensemen. Too many as far as Ian White is concerned, anyway.

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Brendan Smith's timeline (update) 

February, 5, 2013
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UPDATE: The prognosis is worse than initially anticipated; a week's worth of recovery time isn't going to cut it.

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Ailing Wings D-men (update) 

January, 23, 2013
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UPDATE: Seriously, defensemen are dropping like flies in Detroit. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Ian White will miss the next two to three weeks following surgery on his lacerated thigh. White went under the knife Wednesday morning.

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