Cleary staying in Detroit, signs one-year deal
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The signing, worth a reported $1.75 million according to the Detroit Free Press, ends a chaotic 48 hours for Cleary.
On Tuesday, the Free Press reported that Cleary agreed to a deal with Philadelphia that was worth $2.75 million per year. However, on Thursday morning the paper first reported that Cleary changed his mind and decided to stay in Detroit.
According to the paper, Cleary had a miserable Tuesday when it sank in that he would be leaving his wife and two kids back in Detroit for three years. He then reached out to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock and worked out a new deal.
"I'm back. Signing deal tonight," Cleary was quoted as saying to the paper on Thursday morning.
Cleary has spent the last eight seasons in Detroit and helped the Red Wings to their last Stanley Cup in 2008. The 34-year-old had just nine goals and 15 points in 48 regular-season games last year, but was the team's second-leading scorer in the playoffs after notching four goals and six assists in 14 contests.
The 15-year veteran, who has previously played with Chicago, Edmonton and Phoenix in addition to the Wings, has amassed 160 goals, 217 assists and 455 penalty minutes in 869 career games. Cleary's best season came with Detroit in 2010-11, when he recorded personal highs of 26 goals and 46 points.
09/12 11:23:49 ET