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09-12-2013, 08:34 AM
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LW Dan Cleary did not report to the first day of Flyers' camp Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, meaning several rookies are now battling for a roster spot, incluidng Tye McGinn, Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl.

Cleary had agreed to a tryout contract, but apparently has had second thoughts.

I guess there's always a chance Cleary arrives tomorrow. But the fact he was reportedly negotiating with the Red Wings on Wednesday makes this whole thing fishy.

Cleary, 34, an unrestricted free agent, had all summer to get a deal done with Detroit. When that didn't happen, he agreed to a tryout contract with the Flyers.

Now it appears he used the Flyers as leverage to get the Wings to up the ante. Detroit had originally offered him a three-year deal for about $6 million, sources said.

The Flyers were going to give him a three-year contract for $8.25 million when they cleared enough cap space, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Earlier in the week, GM Paul Holmgren said there was not a preconceived deal and that Cleary had to make the team during camp.

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