Despite the threat of a league-imposed lockout looming Saturday night, the Red Wings announced Friday that they signed two players to new contracts.
Abdelkader, a Muskegon native, was Detroit’s second round pick (42nd overall) in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-1, 219-lb. forward skated in a career-high 81 games for the Red Wings last season, posting a career-best 22 points (8-14-22). He spent the majority of his first two season skating at Van Andel Arena for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Colaiacovo, 29, was originally a first-round selection (17th overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-1, 200-lb. rearguard played in 111 games over parts of six seasons with Toronto registering 33 points (12-21-33) and 57 PIM in a Maple Leafs uniform.
Fans may not see either player on the ice anytime soon, unless a new labor agreement is reached by 11:59PM Saturday night, the NHL owners have said they will lock out players for the second time in a decade.