After reports earlier this week of Dan Cleary possibly looking to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, the 34-year-old forward has agreed to a deal to return to the Detroit Red Wings for one year and $1.75 million, according to a tweet Thursday from Red Wings beat writer Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN cited Cleary's agent, Pat Brisson, who confirmed the deal Thursday.
The news marks an end to a flurry of reports about Cleary's intentions for next season. He had reportedly turned down an opportunity to attend Detroit's training camp and was instead headed to Philadelphia after the Flyers reportedly extended him an offer to join their training camp. On Sept. 9, the Detroit Free Press reported Cleary had verbally committed to a deal with the Flyers for three years and $8.25 million. The speculation now settled, Cleary will return to Detroit for at least another year after spending the last eight seasons with the Red Wings. Now Detroit must figure out what to do with the 17 forwards under contract and just 14 roster spots available for next season.