Last year, just before the Red Wings training camp, Ken Holland signed Dan Cleary to a one year contract in hopes of bringing some veteran leadership and playoff experience to the roster. Cleary had reportedly turned down a multi-year deal from the Philadelphia Flyers to return to the Red Wings organization.
Now with NHL Free Agency less than 1 month away, Cleary is once again looking for a team and the Red Wings may be willing to bring him back.
According to Helene St. James, Red Wings beat writer for the Detroit Red Wings, the Wings promised Cleary a contract his year in exchange for signing a one year deal in 2013.
In Dan Cleary’s case, when he was brought back at the 11th hour last fall, at the urging of coach Mike Babcock, it was with the understanding the Wings would ameliorate Cleary having left a three-year deal on the table in Philadelphia.
Cleary scored just four goals with four assists in 52 games with the Red Wings last season.
St. James does go on to say that the Red Wings could offer Daniel Cleary a job in scouting rather than a player. But if Babcock insisted on Cleary wearing the winged wheel last season, whats to stop him from making the same suggestion this season as well.
Deciding whether to sign Dan Cleary for this season depends upon how much Ken Holland values intangibles. Especially considering intangibles are about the only thing the Wings will get out of Cleary at this point in his career.