The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi caught up with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren today who did confirm that Cleary will be at the Flyers training camp on a tryout "'but there are no promises' on a deal, he insisted."
It was reported last night that Cleary will sign a three year, $8.25 million deal with a cap hit of $2.75 million. The deal will include a no-trade clause but cannot become official until the end of the month when the Flyers maneuver some salaries around to get under the cap.
I would be hesitant to believe Holmgren's word because he has had a habit of bending the truth to the media/general public but this one might hold a little weight. The only reason I would actually believe any of this, even the slightest amount, is because the three year, $8.25 million deal doesn't make any sense to me at all. Three years seems like a lot for a guy who couldn't fetch a contract until mid-September - especially one that would be 38 years old at the end of the deal.
Cleary, 34, played in 48 games last season for the Red Wings scoring nine times and dishing out six assists. The 6'0", 208 lbs. winger scored 12 or more goals in each of the six seasons prior to the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.
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