Friday, July 5, 2013
Cleary's future with Wings (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: ... or Pittsburgh. ESPN Insider Craig Custance reports the Pittsburgh Penguins may also be in the equation for Daniel Cleary.
UPDATE: It's apparently down to Dallas or Detroit. According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Daniel Cleary will sign with the Dallas Stars if he doesn't re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings.
*** The Detroit Red Wings appear willing to hold onto forward Daniel Cleary for a while yet. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, the Red Wings would like to re-sign the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. And preliminary talks are underway.
"... Cleary is a versatile two-way player who can skate on a top-two line or the third line. He provides a net-front presence on the power play and kills penalties. And he's one of the leaders in the room ..."
And he won't break the bank. The 34-year-old's 2012-13 annual salary was $3 million (cap hit: $2.8 million).
As for the Wings' other prominent UFA forwards, Drew Miller and Damien Brunner are on the 'keep' list, while Valtteri Filppula is expected to test his value on the open market.