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by George Malik on 09/09/13 at 11:57 PM ET
Updated 6x at 1:25 AM: Well now we know: Daniel Cleary will be a Philadelphia Flyer:
Update: Wonderful teammate, great leader, defnition of self-sacrifice, but his contract may out-live his knees. The Wings were offering 2 years at $2.5 million, presumably with the NTC, and yet we hear this...
And know that Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, and to a lesser extent, Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan, Landon Ferraro, Teemu Pulkkinen and Calle Jarnkrok have brighter futures because another year is loyalty?
I wish Cleary all the best--I really do--but this just seems weird. The Wings wanted him back, he wanted to be back, but it didn't happen.
And he's leaving Detroit for this?
Here's St. James' story:
Cleary, who had played for the Wings since 2005, remained hopeful to stay in Detroit, but told the Free Press shortly before midnight that “I’m going to Philly.” Cleary said he’d have more to say later today.
Cleary was offered three years and $2.75 million per season from the Flyers, though they cannot make the deal official until the end of the month because they are already over the salary cap. While teams don’t have to be compliant until the season begins in October, the Flyers are bringing Cleary in as a professional tryout. They get $5 million in salary cap relief as soon as they put defenseman Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve.
Cleary and the Wings had been talking all summer. Cleary rejected an initial offer in June, and when the Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, money became problematic, as the Wings went $640,000 over the salary cap.
So did finding room on the roster. The Wings already are at 16 forwards, two more than they will eventually carry. However, they already have one guy down, as Darren Helm is nursing a strained groin — an injury that rarely takes fewer than 10 days to two weeks to heal. Helm is a further question mark after missing last season because of a sore back that still hasn’t fully healed.
Mikael Samuelsson is another guy whose health is up in the air; he, too, was sidelined most of last season, and while he says he’s fine now, the early proof will come during exhibition games.
Cleary’s teammates and coach, Mike Babcock, were all rooting for for a deal to materialize. Cleary was the team’s second-leading scorer in the playoffs, and their leading scorer in the Chicago series. In the locker room, he was an irascible presence and a leader..
Update #3: Via Sportsnet:
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