Friday, July 26, 2013
Cleary's chances of staying in Detroit
By Luke Lapinski
UPDATE: As we pointed out earlier in the week, quite a bit would have to fall into place before Detroit would be able to re-sign Daniel Cleary. Ansar Khan of mlive.com concedes that the simple fact that the gritty vet hasn't signed elsewhere yet means there's still a chance he ends up back with the Red Wings, but not without a lot of roster shuffling. If that means a trade is necessary, Khan suggests Jordin Tootoo or Patrick Eaves might be the most likely candidates to be moved. Detroit has a pretty solid lineup as is though, and likely doesn't want to shake things up too much. At the same time, Cleary has proven to be valuable to the organization over the last eight seasons. Our own Craig Custance has more below on the 34-year old's future.
---By all accounts, Daniel Cleary would like to remain with the Detroit Red Wings -- and the feeling appears to be mutual from the team. But a number of factors are standing in the way.
For one, the Wings already have salary cap issues. And those issues figure to be exacerbated once they come to agreements with restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson. Both players will almost certainly be back, meaning Detroit will likely have to trim a little salary from somewhere.
That's not to say there's no way the club can afford the deal Cleary is seeking -- potentially in the three-year range, worth roughly $2.6 million per season -- but they'd be cutting it pretty close. And not only is money a possible issue, roster space is scarce at the moment as well. Locking up Nyquist and Andersson would put the Red Wings at 25 players, two over the roster limit of 23. To open up a spot, Darren Helm could be placed on long-term IR if he's not fully recovered from the back ailment that cost him all but one game in 2012-13. Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo or Patrick Eaves could potentially be let go as well, if necessary.
Craig CustanceStill something to offer
"GM Ken Holland has to clear cap room up front for it to happen, but Cleary showed again with his physical play in the postseason -- along with 10 points in 14 games -- how valuable he is to a playoff contender.
'He's a perfect fit for [Detroit],' said [agent Pat] Brisson, who represents Cleary. 'I have other teams that are showing interest as well... Detroit is the place where it's a win-win for him but it has to be done the right way'..."