Some thought that Cleary used the Flyers as leverage to get a deal from Detroit. While that may or may not be true, the fact is that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is not mad at Cleary... at all. Holmgren told NHL.com that he "can't fault" Cleary for the decision he made and that Holmgren "might think more highly of him now than two days ago." Pretty high praise for a guy who is either super-indecisive or incredibly savvy.
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.
Fans were not happy when they found out the Flyers had signed Cleary then, once he skipped training camp, they were mad he skipped. Based on how all of this played out and all of the drama surrounding a relatively marginal player, it is expected that Cleary will be booed by Flyers fans when the new Eastern Conference Red Wings come to the Wells Fargo Center on January 28th.
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