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by George Malik on 07/06/13 at 02:50 PM ET
The Detroit Free Press's Helene St. James suggested that the Red Wings would probably sign Daniel Cleary to a 3-year deal about an hour ago, and now MLive's Brendan Savage is reporting that a player St. James deemed to be one of Mike Babcock's favorites on Twitter...
Will in fact re-sign with the team once the Wings can find room for him:
Daniel Cleary is going to remain with the Detroit Red Wings. A source told MLive.com today that the veteran forward has agreed to a contract that will pay him roughly $2.6 million per season for three years.
The deal could be announced as early as today but the Red Wings have to release a player to get under the 50-man roster limit before they can re-sign Cleary.
Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms:
A source confirmed that Cleary has agreed on a three-year contract that will pay him roughly $2.6 million a season.
The only sticking point is that the Wings need to release a player to get under the 50-man roster limit in order to re-sign Cleary.
The deal could be announced as early as Saturday.
The Wings, who signed Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on Friday, currently have 14 forwards under contract and two more restricted free agents – Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson – that will be resigned sometime this summer.
Cleary, who had nine goals and six assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season last year, has flourished since he joined the Wings for the 2005-06 season.
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