UPDATE: The #RedWings have re-signed Daniel Cleary to a one-year deal.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 10, 2014
The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed veteran forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year deal worth 2.5 million dollars, 1.5 million base salary and 1 million in bonus money.
Dan Cleary will make a base salary of $1.5 million with $1 million in bonuses available. — Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) July 10, 2014
Daniel Cleary was and ineffective player for Detroit in the fifty-two games he played with the Detroit Red Wings and was only able to tally eight points in those games.
Cleary might have been re-signed because of the verbal contract between him and the Red Wings, which is technically illegal according to the CBA, but would be extremely difficult to prove without a reasonable doubt what was exactly said.
Daniel Cleary ended the season on injured reserve because of a knee injury and the subsequent shots or treatments did not help Cleary regain his form before the season ended and could have actually worsened his condition.
Cleary will have to have a turn around year with Detroit to prove he deserves a spot on the roster over a player like Tomas Jurco, but even if he does had a solid year, I doubt fans will be happy he returned.
This is not the right move for a franchise that is looking to bring in a youth movement because it most likely means that Jurco will be heading back to Grand Rapids for next season, which would be a travesty for the young forward.
Jurco deserves to be with Detroit because of the way he played last season and Cleary has become more injury prone over the past couple seasons and there is no more room for him on the roster.
I will be paying attention to where the Detroit Red Wings slot him in the line-up, but I expect him to be in the top nine.