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Looks like Cleary won’t get his No. 11 back from Alfredsson

Sep 14, 2013, 1:44 PM EST

If Dan Cleary thought he’d be able to get his No. 11 back from Daniel Alfredsson without any problem, he could be in for some disappointment.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports Alfredsson will be keeping the jersey number but not because he’s fixated on it.

Instead, the new guy in Detroit will hang on to it for more… Business-like reasons.

Presumably, Winter Classic reasons mean banners, programs, as well as jerseys getting pumped out to the eager buying public. As for Alfredsson’s take on the number, he was more than prepared to give up 11 to Cleary, as James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen shared, in favor of his Swedish Elite League No. 24.

So far in Red Wings camp Cleary has donned 71, a number made famous in Detroit by 2002 Stanley Cup Champion Jiri Slegr as well as Wendel Clark back in 1999.

  1. pone27 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Probably too old to say this, but:

    Cool Story Bro

  2. augsburg12 - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Cleary is the one giving it up for Alfie. Last I saw it was his as the red wing to give up. Alfredson shouldn’t have been given it till it was a done deal he wouldn’t be back. So good on you mr Cleary for letting the old man have it.

    • zdeb93 - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Good on you mr. Cleary??? More like congratulations you successfully begged for a spot on the crowded roster. Alfredsson had been here for 2 months while Cleary was out on the free agent market trying to get money he’s not worth. Alfredsson gets 11, it was noble of him to offer it up once he returned but it’s more deserved by Alfie to wear it

    • xtroll1738 - Sep 15, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Not sure where you were all summer but Cleary wanted more money than he was worth so the Wings smartly let him walk and signed Alfredsson instead. Then at the last minute when it was clear that no team was really interested in a player with bad knees who coughs the puck up all the time and was personally responsible for several bonehead plays that cost the Wings goals last year, was only willing to offer Cleary a tryout did Cleary come to his senses and come back crawling to the Wings that everyone knows are far too loyal to Wings players by keeping them around longer than they should. Therefore Cleary wasn’t a Red Wing and had no number. So Alfredsson had his choice of available numbers including number 11 that HAD been Cleary’s being at the time Cleary was NOT a Red Wing.. I like Cleary but his time is behind him. Thank you Mr Cleary for your past contributions but it’s time for you to move on.

  3. 950003cups - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    HAHAHAHA!!! This guy should take any number available on the rack after his “IMMA GET PAID BIACH” tour, that ended in him looking like a complete fool.

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