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Good question

Posted by George0211 on 07/14/14 at 12:44 PM ET

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Answer:

Because.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 07/14/14 at 12:48 PM ET

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My theory is that Ken Holland thinks that you can turn New Coke into Coca-Cola Classic by letting it age.

In other words he thinks there’s a good chance 2011 Dan Cleary comes walking through that door.

This is a crazy theory for an NHL GM to have.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/14/14 at 01:14 PM ET

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Just one question about the Daniel Cleary re-signing. Why?

Um, because they’re trying to win the Stanley Cup?

Who does this Campbell guy think he is?

Posted by Garth on 07/14/14 at 01:44 PM ET

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Campbell is kinda late to the bitchfest.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/14/14 at 01:46 PM ET

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Silly man, I think HiHD and other Holland lap dogs need to explain to Ken Campbell what loyalty really is.  How dare he question the “Best GM in all of sports”.

Posted by bababooey on 07/14/14 at 01:48 PM ET

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Answer: He was the only UFA that would sign with Detroit for $1,500,000

Posted by Puckbubba on 07/14/14 at 02:10 PM ET

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Aww, the Wings have got lots of money to throw around?
Aww, Kenny wants to get as close to the cap as possible so he can juggle things around without getting bored when the vets go on the DL
Aww, got to make the news somehow
Aww, to justify his job
Aww, WTF, just fire the guy, how him the door, he’s got his loyalty monety

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 07/14/14 at 02:16 PM ET

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Answer: He was the only UFA that would sign with Detroit for $1,500,000

... and no one else thought a $1.5M bonus for playing in 10 games was a good deal.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 07/14/14 at 02:24 PM ET

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haha… I like how everyone just ignores the “why” even though it was explicitly explained. You may not agree with it, but it’s not like it’s a friggin mystery. Ken Holland himself acknowledged this was not an “earned” contract. Cleary earned a deal last year with his performance in the previous playoffs. Babs thinks Cleary is a playoff warrior and when healthy, makes us a much ‘harder out’. Comparing the last two playoffs, it’s hard to argue with that at least. Because of cap issues, Cleary agreed to sacrifice security last year in return for a gentleman’s agreement that he’d be “taken care of” this season. Holland is a man of his word and followed through on this promise, as he should have. Now whether he should have made the promise in the first place is obviously up for debate. Whether Cleary truly earned this treatment is definitely also up for debate. And whether its remotely possible he can remain healthy enough to justify demoting a kid in his place is waaaay up for debate. But “why” he was signed is not really a question as it was explained pretty clearly

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 07/14/14 at 02:34 PM ET

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I like how everyone just ignores the “why” even though it was explicitly explained. You may not agree with it, but it’s not like it’s a friggin mystery.

I like how you just ignore the fact that people are asking the question becuase the stated reason is ridiculous and doesn’t make any sense.

Yeah, he said why, but people are reiterating the question because nobody understands how someone with half a brain -someone that some people still point to as “one of the best in the business” could do something so colossally dumb.

Cleary agreed to sacrifice security

No he didn’t, because all he had was a PTO in Philly.

Posted by Garth on 07/14/14 at 03:00 PM ET

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Cleary earned a deal last year with his performance in the previous playoffs.

Cleary was offered a deal by the Wings and turned it down.( In early July he was offered a three-year contract with the Red Wings but he turned it down asking for more money.) He tested the waters of free agency and was offered a PTO from the Flyers.

He also allegedly had a handshake agreement with that Club. Then, bolted back to Detroit for less money?

The Flyers signed him to a PTO and seemingly had a handshake agreement on a three-year deal, but Cleary seemed pretty keen on the chance to re-sign in the city he’s spent the last eight years of his career.

http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2013/9/12/4722622/dan-cleary-contract-flyers-no-show-training-camp

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/14/14 at 03:17 PM ET

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In all seriousness, the answer is pretty well-known. It’s just a bad answer.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/14/14 at 05:54 PM ET

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Now whether he should have made the promise in the first place is obviously up for debate…. But “why” he was signed is not really a question as it was explained pretty clearly

I agree. This is pretty much the case. It has been stated that he was handed a new deal because he was promised one more year when he took the 1-year deal last year. Did he deserve the treatment? I don’t think so.

The argument against him last year was that he was too injury-riddled to contribute much and also that he was taking the place of a more deserving/useful player (Nyquist). This is still the case (Jurco).

Everyone who made this argument last year has been proven correct by the events of last season.

So to go and make the same mistake again shows very poor judgment, whether it is attributed to a mistake now or a year ago, it is still a bad move. Don’t promise a contract a year in advance - regardless of what happens in the intervening time.

We’ll see if he makes the roster, though I’m not holding my breath on that one.

Posted by awould on 07/14/14 at 06:10 PM ET

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