The NHL will lock out its players if a new CBA is not agreed upon by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, but that didn't stop the Detroit Red Wings from taking care of a little bit of business on Thursday. The Red Wings have locked up a pair of players, signing both Carlo Colaiacovo and Justin Abdelkader to multi-year deals.
Colaiacovo has spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Blues, and the Red Wings have signed him to a two-year deal that's reported to be worth $2.5 million per season. Abdelkader has spent his entire career with the Red Wings, and the Michigan State product reportedly agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $1.7 million per season.
The Red Wings would have been well under the NHL's salary cap, but there's a good chance that the cap will be lowered when a new CBA is agreed to. The cap was scheduled to be at $70.2 million, and the Red Wings' payroll currently sits at just $61.3 million. Both signings are expected to be officially announced on Friday.
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