Cleary Rejoins Red Wings

On the morning he was expected to take to the ice for the first time as a Philadelphia Flyer, Daniel Cleary is instead en route to Traverse City to rejoin the Detroit Red Wings at their training camp.

The Red Wings announced on Thursday morning that they had signed the veteran forward to a one-year contract. General manager Ken Holland revealed that the deal is worth $1.75 million.

Cleary had joined the Flyers on a pro try-out contract and had reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year deal that couldn't become official until Philadelphia cleared salary cap space by placing Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve. He was expected to skate with the team at 8:30 AM today but wasn't present.

TSN's Aaron Ward later stated via Twitter, "All indications are that Dan Cleary is going to join the Detroit Red Wings at Training Camp."

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, who was the first to report on Cleary's deal with the Flyers, later Tweeted, "And here we go: Per Daniel Cleary 'Flying to Traverse. I'm back. Signing tonight.'"

The Red Wings now sit roughly $2.4 million over the salary cap and are carrying 17 forwards. They will need to be cap-compliant and down to 14 forwards in time for the start of the regular season.

Cleary had originally joined the Red Wings on a pro try-out after the 2005 NHL lockout, where he earned a spot with the team He's been with the Wings ever since. He was reluctant to leave Detroit, as seen by his spurning of the longer deal for more money from the Flyers.

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I was so happy to hear this (on brain-cell-killing sports talk radio) today! I have no idea why it makes me happy, but it does. I like Dan Cleary, and I hope this decision works out well (extraordinarily well) for both him and the Red Wings. Good news!

Posted by OldBroad on 9/12/2013 at 9:06 PM


I like Cleary and normally a one-year, $1.75M deal for him would look pretty good. When you're already over the cap and at 16 forwards, though, adding another doesn't seem to make a ton of sense. Even if it wasn't about the cap, how do you make room for Cleary in the lineup? The top six seems set (unless you want Cleary on the top line instead of Abdelkader, which I don't). Nyquist with Andersson and Tatar should be one of the other lines. Either Helm or Emmerton (depending on Helm's health) is in as are Miller and Bertuzzi. Samuelsson can't go anywhere so there's your 13th forward. For the sake of argument I'll say Helm is hurt so he's out but doesn't count and Emmerton is in. Tootoo, Eaves, Cleary, all going for that last spot. And since Cleary was the one just signed, he gets it, so you're essentially bringing back Cleary at the expense of Tootoo or Eaves, and you're making those players untradeable because no GM is going to give you anything for them when he knows you have to make a deal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/12/2013 at 11:19 PM


Competition in camp should be intense....

Posted by OldBroad on 9/13/2013 at 10:32 AM


I just don't get this move.... It's like buying a car on credit when you've got a better one already in your driveway. Cleary's knees and back are going out--everybody knows it. He won't last the full season and he'll be out again. This was a dumb move.... Why couldn't we get Brunner? WHYYYY? sad.png" border="0" alt="sad.png" />' />

With a pair of 11's on the team, who keeps their number and why? what does Cleary or Alfie change to?

Posted by drwmike33 on 9/13/2013 at 12:29 PM


Cleary is keeping #11. Alfredsson expected to switch to #24, which he wore in Sweden before coming to the NHL. Cleary wearing #71 at camp since Alfredsson's #11 jerseys were already made up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/13/2013 at 3:20 PM


Ooh, according to Helene St. James this morning, for marketing purposes Alfredsson will keep #11 (Winter Classic jerseys have already been produced apparently). Cleary to get a new number.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/14/2013 at 11:49 AM

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