Being a Detroit Red Wing is more important to forward Dan Cleary than adding numbers to his paycheque.
The 15-year National Hockey League veteran on Thursday chose to remain in Detroit on a one-year contract worth $1.75 million US rather than sign a professional tryout (PTO) contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 34-year-old Cleary, who made $3 million last season, met with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday and told the Detroit News in a text message he would arrive at the team’s training camp Thursday evening in Traverse City, Mich.
Cleary was second in Red Wings’ scoring in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs with four goals and 10 points in 14 games and played a strong physical game.
Last season was the right-winger’s least productive, in terms of points-per-game (0.31), since 2005-06 (0.19).
More to come