Daniel Cleary boarded a plane this morning for Traverse City after reaching an agreement on a one-year $1.75-million contract to return to the Detroit Red Wings. Cleary told the Free Press around 10:15 a.m. that "I'm back. Signing deal tonight." So ended a furious few days that saw Cleary agree Monday night to to go Philadelphia on a professional tryout with a deal in place for three years and $8.25 million have second thoughts Tuesday and drive up to Traverse City on Wednesday to meet with Wings general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock. "He loves the Red Wings" Holland said of his meeting with Cleary. "He loves being a Red Wing. He knows the coach. He knows his role. He's got teammates in there. He's got a home in Detroit. He's been here since '05." Cleary 34 previously rejected the Wings’ offers of a two-year deal for about $4.5 million and a three-year deal for just under $6 million offers extended in July but then shelved when the Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss.
Daniel Cleary to sign with Detroit Red Wings: 'I'm back'
Detroit Free Press | Sep 12