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Kulfan: neither Cleary nor Brunner will attend the Red Wings’ training camp

Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan hasn't revealed the Red Wings' training camp roster, but according to Kulfan, Daniel Cleary's not on the roster as a try-out and Damien Brunner's not on the roster, either, meaning that the Wings have moved on. That's to be expected given the team will exceed the salary cap to re-sign RFA Gustav Nyquist, and given that the team's got a glut of forwards and needs to trim salary and players, not add to the mix, to get under the $64.3 million upper limit and 23-man roster limits by 5 PM on September 29th.

As such, Kulfan reports that the Wings are "going with what they've got":

"We have 16 NHL forwards, and kids in Grand Rapids who are pushing and aren’t far away,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “There will be competition.”

Holland made offers to Cleary and Brunner before unrestricted free agency began July 5, but both were looking for bigger financial deals than what the Red Wings were offering.

The Red Wings signed forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, and anticipate the return to health of forwards Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson. With those developments, the chances of Brunner and Cleary returning became slim.

Holland expects Bertuzzi (back) and Samuelsson (pectoral muscle) to be ready when camp begins Sept. 12.

Holland and Nyquist’s representatives have done a lot of talking the past few weeks and the sides are close to what will be either a one- or two-year contract. Nyquist, who turns 24 on Sept. 1, had six points (three goals) in 22 regular-season games and five points (two goals) in 14 playoff games.

Kulfan continues and adds some Holland wedding chit-chat to the mix.

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Bugsy's avatar

I guess the question, George, is whether Nyquist still negotiating when everyone else has signed says anything more for the future for Nyquist vs. the other young Wings players, good, bad, or otherwise (in other words, did the other young players sign too easily? Does Nyquist hold more sway that I don’t recall in trying to negotiate a 2 year deal?).

In musical chairs, as in life, wait too long, and there may be no seats left re: Cleary and Nyquist.

Posted by Bugsy on 08/20/13 at 01:16 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I don’t think it’s indicative of an exit from the team. If the Wings wanted Cleary over Nyquist, they would have signed Cleary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/20/13 at 01:36 AM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Could always trade Alfie back to the Sens. He’s already got the jersey.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/20/13 at 08:23 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Could always trade Alfie back to the Sens. He’s already got the jersey.

Alfie and Cleary for Bobby Ryan.  Done!

Posted by MoreShoot on 08/20/13 at 09:28 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I don’t think it’s indicative of an exit from the team. If the Wings wanted Cleary over Nyquist, they would have signed Cleary.

Sorry, George, I mean in the last sentence Cleary and Brunner. My bad.

Posted by Bugsy on 08/20/13 at 08:27 PM ET

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