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Roose explains why Daniel Cleary’s sticking with #71

We finally hear the bottom line--and it is a fiscal one--regarding Daniel Cleary's decision to wear #71 for the upcoming season, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Two days after newcomer Daniel Alfredsson agreed to surrender his jersey number to Daniel Cleary, who was re-signed to a one-year contract on Friday, the league apparently nixed the deal.

Seems the NHL has committed a large sum of money to Winter Classic merchandise, including Wings jerseys with Alfredsson’s name and No. 11 on them.

Cleary, who wore No. 11 for eight seasons in Detroit, wasn’t keen on having to pick a new number, unfortunately, he was powerless in the decision. He’ll now be the third player in Wings’ history to wear No. 71.

“They already have like $150,000 (committed) and somebody’s got to eat that, so, the heck with that,” Cleary said. “I’m alright with 71.”

always risky to trust this): Cleary will be third Wing to wear 71, joining the illustrious Wendel Clark (1998-99) and Jiri Slegr (01-12), pair of trade deadline acquisition who were shown the door after the season.

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Down River Dan's avatar

“They already have like $150,000 (committed) and somebody’s got to eat that,


I suggest they take it out of gary’s salary.

I think he’ll be able to get by on $6,850,000 instead of $7,000,000 this year. sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/15/13 at 07:15 PM ET

Colquhoun's avatar

I believe Slegr’s name is on the ‘02 Cup.  Not a bad omen.

Posted by Colquhoun on 09/15/13 at 09:15 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Jiri Slegr is trying to make a comeback in the Czech league as well!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/15/13 at 09:26 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Cleary, who wore No. 11 for eight seasons in Detroit, wasn’t keen on having to pick a new number, unfortunately, he was powerless in the decision.

Good.

Posted by Primis on 09/15/13 at 11:05 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Two days after newcomer Daniel Alfredsson agreed to surrender his jersey number to Daniel Cleary, who was re-signed to a one-year contract on Friday, the league apparently nixed the deal.

Seems the NHL has committed a large sum of money to Winter Classic merchandise, including Wings jerseys with Alfredsson’s name and No. 11 on them.

How can this be?? A member here, much wiser than myself, told me the “marketing angle” in this story was absurd when I brought it up as a possibility as to why Alfie would retain #11

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 09/16/13 at 08:38 AM ET

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