Where in the world is Daniel Cleary?
Several days ago Helene Saint James of the Detroit Free Press reported that left winger Dan Cleary had signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, and the next day Paul Holmgren confirmed that the team had agreed to a pro try-out contract with the veteran winger.
Now, it appears, Cleary is headed back to the Red Wings. According to several reports, including one from the Detroit Free Press, Cleary has announced that he will sign with the Red Wings tonight after missing the Flyers’ morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center today.
Cleary, 34, has played with with four teams (Chicago, Edmonton, Phoenix, and Detroit) during his career, and has played with the Wings for the last eight seasons. With 160 career goals and 217 career assists, he is one of the more productive wingers of the last decade, and would have filled the Flyers’ need for a third-line left winger.
He handled this situation very unprofessionally, committing to a team only to take it back and re-sign with another. While he would have been a nice fit, it’s not necessarily devastating to see him go. There are other options out there, including re-signing Simon Gagne.