The Flyers reportedly signed former Detroit Red Wings winger Daniel Cleary last night to a three year, $8.25 million deal. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren came out today and confirmed that Cleary will be at the Flyers training camp on a tryout "'but there are no promises' on a deal, he insisted." So... they didn't sign him?
Now the team has followed through on Holmgren's insistence and announced that Cleary has been signed to a Professional Try-Out contract, similar to Hal Gill, but not for three years, $8.25 million. So he'll be here but we don't know for how long. Got it.
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.
Cleary will probably take on a similar role to that of Mike Knuble when he came to the Flyers as a 33 year old in 2005 if he gets a contract. There are a lot of young guys in the pipeline who need ice time in the next three years so signing him to a three-year deal does not make all that much sense.
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