According to Igor Eronko of Sport-Express, long-time NHL defender Carlo Colaiacovo has received at least two offers from KHL squads, Ak Bars Kazan and Sibir Novosibirsk. No word has come on whether Colaiacovo would welcome a move to the Russian league, though with his injury plagued career and dwindling effectiveness, perhaps they would represent his best option.
Despite making his NHL debut in 2002-03 and being regarded as a effective second or third pairing defenseman, Colaiacovo has only played in 470 games in his career. He’s only played in 70 games in a single season once, dressing for 73 contests in 2008-09.
Once a promising prospect in the Toronto system after being drafted 17th overall, Colaiacovo was part of the deal that swapped Alex Steen for Lee Stempniak during that season. In St. Louis, he showed that he could be effective, posting 26 or more points in three consecutive seasons. Should he join the KHL, perhaps his body can hold up more easily to the rigors of their shorter 60 game season.