Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – After agreeing to a camp tryout with the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week, right wing Daniel Cleary had a chance of heart, signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal to stay with the Detroit Red Wings.
“My heart was here and I had a change of heart,” said Cleary, who spent the past eight seasons with the Red Wings.
Even though they wanted him back, the Red Wings weren’t able to sign Cleary to a fair-market deal, especially with the offseason additions of Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson.
At $1.75 million, Cleary is certainly taking less than he’s worth as he made $3 million last season.
“We think we’re a better team with [Cleary],” general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s versatile on the wing, he’s good in the locker room.”
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Cleary was up front with him from the start about his desire to stay with Detroit.
“He’s a character guy with deep ties to the Red Wing organization,” Holmgren said. “I can’t fault him for that. I had a couple of conversations with Dan leading up to even two days ago when he’d agreed to come on a tryout. I knew that he wanted to be in Detroit.”
“Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was a real gentleman and a class act through the whole situation,” Cleary said. “I think he understood how tough the situation was for me. I pretty much told him that I was having a hard time.”