I'd be cool if they signed Cleary. I think he would be a prototypical third liner for this team. Cleary-Couturier-Read/Simmonds would likely be a tough line to play against, but also one that could still put up some points.
Wait so this is official? Is that contract the real deal? I don't have a problem with the length or the NTC, but the $2.75 seems like a bit much. I was thinking more like $1.5 million if he were signed.
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
Wings fans really seem glad to get rid of him. Why not keep Gags instead if we wanted another vet?
They can't make the Cleary signing official until after they put Pronger on LTIR. It's possible they had to wait for the same for Gagne, although if I were him I'd say screw and go somewhere where I'd play more.
You guys, we made it so close this summer without doing something completely asinine.
I'm a lot more on the fence with this one than most of you. The guys compete level is very high. Apparently he is great locker room guy and will bring some much needed vet presence to the forwards. BUT, 3 years at $2.75 is very expensive indeed. I'll wait to pass judgement till game 1 of the regular season.
I'm not really all that upset with this deal. It was pretty clear that they needed to bring in a couple of forwards who are defensively responsible, especially in the bottom six. Stick him on a line with Couturier and Read or on the fourth line with Hall and Talbot and he'll fit right in.