The Flyers' move to sign Dan Cleary may be dead.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reported via Twitter that an unspecified complication will keep Cleary from becoming a Flyer.
The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that the 15-year NHL veteran was leaving the Red Wings after eight seasons in Detroit and signing a three-year, $7.75 million deal with the Flyers. Cleary reportedly confirmed he was going to the Flyers.
From the Free Press:
Cleary, who had played for the Wings since 2005, remained hopeful to stay in Detroit, but told the Free Press shortly before midnight that “I’m going to Philly.” Cleary said he’d have more to say later today.
Cleary was offered three years and $2.75 million per season from the Flyers, though they cannot make the deal official until the end of the month because they are already over the salary cap. While teams don’t have to be compliant until the season begins in October, the Flyers are bringing Cleary in as a professional tryout. They get $5 million in salary cap relief as soon as they put defenseman Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve.
Philadelphia Inquirer Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi reported Tuesday that, while the team was interested in adding Cleary, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was noncommittal about the deal. He said Cleary was coming in for a tryout.