Colaiacovo, 6'1" 201lbs, has 401 games of NHL experience spread out over 12 years and 3 teams. He has registered 31 goals and 144 points during that span.
With Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald out an extended period of time, GM Ron Hextall wanted someone with NHL experience rather than keeping up a rookie such as Shayne Gostisbehere.
The knock on Colaiacovo, who was once drafted in the first round by Toronto in 2001, is that he is too injury prone. The list of known injuries (many labeled upper or lower body) that kept him out extended periods of time during his career are: concussion (2006), knee surgery (2007), another head injury (2011), a sprained wrist (2012) and a shoulder injury (2013).
Hopefully, Philadelphia will only need his services for 3 or 4 weeks to allow MacDonald and/or Coburn to get healthy. Until then, Colaiacovo will fill that void with his smooth skating and puck moving abilities.
"I'm really happy and looking forward to this great opportunity," Colaiacovo told Josh Rimer of Sportsnet Canada.
No details on the contract have been announced yet.
Colaiacovo most likely won't be in the Flyers lineup when they face the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. He may be ready either Tuesday or Thursday based on how long it takes him to get into game shape.