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Report: After preseason verbal agreeement, Wings enter talks with Cleary

Jun 17, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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The Red Wings didn’t sign Dan Cleary until the eleventh hour last fall and the move largely didn’t pay off. All the same, Detroit is once again in contract talks with Cleary.

Interestingly enough, that could be the Red Wings making good on a verbal agreement they had with Cleary when he signed them them rather than take more money with the Philadelphia Flyers, according to the Detroit Free Press. They reportedly promised Cleary to take care of him beyond the 2013-14 campaign even though he only signed a one-year deal.

Cleary still might end up losing a lot of money by passing on the Flyers’ contract though, which was reportedly worth $8.25 million over three seasons. After he recorded just eight points in 52 contests, Detroit might only offer him a two-way deal.

Cleary is 35 years old and has spent the last nine seasons with the Red Wings. He’s also just 79 games away from reaching the 1,000-mark.

  1. timmmah10 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Hopefully, they are in talks with him as a coach, because the Wings don’t have the cap room, roster space, or need for Dan Cleary on this team.

    • mshantz22 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      They have $20 mil in cap space and he’s a guy who will probably be paid less than 900k to play. Worst case scenario if he signs, he ends up in GR, which would be great for the kids there to have another veteran to learn from.

      • adamal17 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I agree with you that they have the cap space…but agree with Timmmah10 on the roster space or need for Cleary. He’s a great teammate but I think it would be best to bring him in as a player development coach or inn the worst case scenario as a two way player (like you said) and spend almost all his time in GR. But unfortunately that would possibly take away a roster spot for a more deserving rookie in the AHL. But Pllllllleeeeease Holland…only sign him as a coach.

  2. mshantz22 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    When healthy, Cleary can be a really good 4th line player. Sounds like they will try and give home some sort of two-way deal. I’ve always liked the guy’s worth ethic. Always one of the hardest skating guys on the ice. Even though the wings have a lt of you players, you want them playing more than 4th line minutes. Wouldn’t mind seeing Cleary back.

    • dtownbeatdown - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      No, absolutely not. Waste of space, and money. Will take away from the younger kids, preventing them to move up. No way… bad move. I mean this past season should be indication to cut ties.

  3. pjblake2redwings - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    NOOOO. get this guy out of here. We dont need another winger especially one that cant score anymore. Holland is an idiot if Cleary makes the roster. hopefully this is contract talk to be a scout or something else

  4. 4everwingsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Good depth move. Let him help the kids in GR and if needed come up and fill in, if the injury bug strikes again. Kenny’s not going to give him a lot to stay, let’s hope.

  5. jweipp17 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    The only thing they should offer him is a plane ticket out of town… And only a one way ticket. No two way deals!! He served his role very well a few years ago but his time has passed. He is no longer needed here.

  6. dtownbeatdown - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    If the wings resign this bum I have lost all faith in holland. Move on!

    This guy can’t score let alone hit the goalie with his shot.

  7. hockeydon10 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  8. tmoore4075 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    LOUD NOISES! Chill out people. So I’m going to just put real info out there and not just be crazy. First, don’t have the cap space? After signing Tatar,Sheehan and Danny D, they’ll still have $15mil or so in cap space to sign or trade for a dman and another forward. $15mil and that’s not counting if Anderson or Kindl are on their way out. Second, whose spot is he going to take if he even makes the team? He’d be the 13th forward probably. So you want some kid to take that spot and sit in the press box or have that kid in GR and you know, actually playing? Wings have 0 spots when healthy in the top 9 so what, we want Mantha playing 7 minutes a game or not at all? The Wings did the same thing with Maltby 4 years ago and most of you were probably freaking out then too. I remember people doing that then. Cleary will probably sign a two-way contract and have to earn his spot. If he earns it with a phenomenal camp, then great. If not, he’ll be sent to GR and he’ll have the option to report or retire and take a job in the front office or coaching staff.

    Why are the Wings doing this? I dunno, we’re sitting on a website talking about this, not actually there. Probably had promised him a shot past one year so they are giving it to him. Again, not sure why they feel the need to do this, but really, it won’t hurt anything.

  9. kfraser91 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Unless theyre signing him to be apart of the crew cleaning ice during tv timeouts i dont see any use for this loser any longer. Didnt they learn their lesson last year? Maybe we should bring back Samuelsson too…

  10. kfraser91 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Johan Franzen is a great player for 25-30 games. then he goes into a coma for the rest of the season

  11. 2dmo4 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Fuuuuuuuck noooooooooo!!!!!

  12. 2dmo4 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Please God, nooooooooo!!!

  13. feedmetherock - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Problem is, Babcock has memories of great playoff runs and decides to put him on the 1st and 2nd lines for stretches, which will take away playing time from the kids.. as a 4th liner, what role does he play? He isn’t a checker, doesn’t help on the PK, worthless on the PP, and isn’t a shut down forward that can go up against the other teams #1 line. Waste of a spot, and who cares what was verbally agreed to. He sucks, see ya later. Should have just let him walk to Philly last year.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      I dont know why we didnt just let him go to philly last year! I think he was just trying to get that front office job with the wings because he knows his career is over. Philly dodged a bullet

    • petersteelewannabe - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Cleary is a class guy and all but we Flyer fans were thrilled when he took Detroit’s offer instead…of course it came at the cost of pissing off Simon Gagne (quite rightfully) who was waiting for that spot. Thanks a lot Holmgren-way to treat a loyal player.

  14. 19to77 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    So they buy out Tootoo, but they’re actually considering paying Dan Cleary to play hockey another year? Look, I appreciate the diehard loyalty the Wings organization shows its veterans, but this is bordering on outright stupid. Get him behind the bench if he’s up for it, but absolutely do not pay him to lace up again.

  15. cliffatola - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    For the love of god, it is time for Holland to start letting some of these guys go.

  16. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Please tell me this is a joke! I thought we were gonna let go of all these old guys

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