Detroit Red Wings Must Simply Cut Ties with Dan Cleary and Embrace Future

June 17th, 2014 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

In what might have been construed as an April Fool's prank but for the date on the calendar, the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly in contract discussions with forward Dan Cleary.

As reported by Ansar Khan at, general manager Ken Holland is discussing a new contract with Cleary based on a gentleman’s agreement he made with Cleary last summer.

"When he signed here last year for a one-year deal we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers of three years from a couple of teams.” Holland explained.

Well, gentleman’s agreement or not, any talk about Cleary doing anything for the Detroit Red Wings this coming season that requires him to put on skates and carry a stick during a game is wildly disturbing.

After hobbling through 52 games last season, amassing eight points (four goals, four assists) and a minus-11 rating, Cleary was eventually sidelined indefinitely by a sprained knee.

Unlike with some of the injuries that plagued Detroit’s roster last season, Cleary’s absence was a blessing.

The 35-year-old veteran didn&rs ...

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