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Red Wings to buy out Colaiacovo

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The Detroit Red Wings intend to use a compliance buyout on defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, according to NHL.com.

The Red Wings will clear $2.5 million of salary-cap space for 2013-14, though Colaiacovo's salary for next season is $2.85 million. Detroit will owe him two-thirds of that amount, or about $1.9 million over the next two years.

"I got married over the weekend, so it was something that wasn't even on my mind," Colaiacovo told the Red Wings' website Wednesday. "I've been hearing a lot of rumors over the last couple of weeks, but I really didn't know what to believe because I haven't heard from anybody of importance."

Colaiacovo, 30, played in just six games during the 2012-13 regular season because of a sprained shoulder suffered in season's second game, on Jan. 21. The Red Wings will have seven defensemen left on their roster: Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl, Danny DeKeyser and Brian Lashoff.
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