Flyers sign Carlo Colaiacovo

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In an effort to add some defensive depth the Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran blue liner Carlo Colaiacovo.

Colaiacovo has appeared in 401 NHL games over 11 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings.

“Carlo adds depth to our defense,” GM Ron Hextall told Philly.com.

With injuries to veteran defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, the Flyers have been forced to reach down the depth chart and use rookie Shayne Gostisbehere. On Thursday night Brandon Manning replaced Gostisbehere as the carousel on the Flyers’ blue continued to turn.

Colaiacovo had a goal and three assists in 25 games last season while with the Blues.

In total, The 31-year-old has posted 31 goals and 144 points to go along with 211 penalty minutes.

Colaiacovo was Toronto’s first-round selection (17th overall) at the 2001 NHL Draft.