Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Daniel
Cleary to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The signing, worth a reported $1.75 million according to the Detroit Free
Press, ends a chaotic 48 hours for Cleary.
On Tuesday, the Free Press reported that Cleary agreed to a deal with
Philadelphia that was worth $2.75 million per year. However, on Thursday
morning the paper first reported that Cleary changed his mind and decided to
stay in Detroit.
According to the paper, Cleary had a miserable Tuesday when it sank in that he
would be leaving his wife and two kids back in Detroit for three years. He
then reached out to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike
Babcock and worked out a new deal.
"I'm back. Signing deal tonight," Cleary was quoted as saying to the paper on
Cleary has spent the last eight seasons in Detroit and helped the Red Wings to
their last Stanley Cup in 2008. The 34-year-old had just nine goals and 15
points in 48 regular-season games last year, but was the team's second-leading
scorer in the playoffs after notching four goals and six assists in 14
The 15-year veteran, who has previously played with Chicago, Edmonton and
Phoenix in addition to the Wings, has amassed 160 goals, 217 assists and 455
penalty minutes in 869 career games. Cleary's best season came with Detroit in
2010-11, when he recorded personal highs of 26 goals and 46 points.
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