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Wings want Cleary back, but need to shed salary

Jul 6, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

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Detroit has a surplus of forwards and a shortage of salary cap space, but that doesn’t mean they want to part ways with Daniel Cleary.

Brendan Savage of says the team would like to bring the veteran forward back into the fold, but would have to lose salary to do it. The Wings are currently at $66 million on their payroll and have to be down below $64.3 million at the start of the season.

The Wings also have an unbalanced number of forwards.

According to, the Red Wings currently have 16 forwards under control at the moment either via contract or as restricted free agents.

To bring Cleary back as the 17th, that would mean moving out more than a couple players. As it is, Wings GM Ken Holland still has to get Gustav Nyqvist and Joakim Andersson signed to new deals as RFAs and wanting Cleary back only adds to the intrigue.

Trades on the horizon in Detroit? If the Wings are going to bring Cleary and his bad knees back to Motown, there’s going to be some action.

  1. wingsfan1319 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I don’t think they have to get under the cap before they can sign him.
    They have to get under the roster limit. I’m pretty sure teams can be over the cap up until a few days before the season starts.

  2. 2dmo4 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I wish they didn’t want Cleary back.

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Goodbye Franzen!

  4. vikes1980 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    let Cleary walk and resign Brunner…

  5. philliesblow - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Goodbye Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi

  6. fleschrocket - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    this is bad along with everything we have done in free agency

    • polegojim - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM


  7. spochiefsfan - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Franzen > Cleary

  8. bosoxfanpeds - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    trade with Boston….

  9. LampyB - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Bertuzzi isnt going anywhere. Sign Brunner and let Cleary go. Samuelsson needs to go as well once he’s no longer injured.

    • polegojim - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Excellent free agency to this point.

      I agree on Samuelson… that deal needs to be over with.

      I really like what Cleary did in taking over Homer’s job in front of the net… I don’t think Franzen plays as tough as Cleary down low.

      Not completely sold on Brunner… yet… inconsistent… but potential. Pay men on performance.

      It will be interesting to see their final choices.

  10. clefty1 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Why is it Holland wants to bring back a slow forward with a bum knee, Cleary’s better days are behind him and the Wings have to many forwards as it is and they do not need anymore bottom 6 types, the Wings are also hoping that Helm can return. The Wings also have dead weight forwards Bert and Sammy plus they have young players such as Nyquist, Andersson and Tatar that should be playing over some broken down has beens. The Wings biggest problem was their blueline and that has not been addressed.

  11. fido1949 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I like getting Weiss to replace Fil; same offensive skills and much better defensively, more grit. Depending on how much he has left, Alf could be a gem. Can’t see giving Brunner how much he wants after only a half season experience. Don’t know why they resigned Miller and want to do same with Cleary; too many youngsters that have been marinating in GR and are ready for the grill. We have to get rid of some of the dead wood.

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