Daniel Cleary. — Photo by Robin Short/The Telegram
If Daniel Cleary doesn’t re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings, it appears he has plenty of alternatives.
Detroit Free Press hockey writer Helene St. James wrote Thursday that Cleary, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent today, has garnered interest from almost a dozen other National Hockey League teams in the last couple of days.
St. James suggests the 34-year-old Cleary is seeking a three-year contract around $3 million per season, and even though it’s believed the Red Wings would prefer he’d accept a two-year deal, they remain hopeful of working things out with the veteran forward, who has spent the last eight years in Detroit, especially since, in St. James’ words, he “rebounded from a slow start to have a great playoff stretch, he brings leadership and he’s beloved by (Red Wings) coach Mike Babcock.”
Meanwhile, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reporter Mike Sielski suggested that if the New Jersey Devils can’t re-sign forward David Clarkson, a player who may be on the Devils’ replacement radar is Fermeuse native Ryane Clowe.
Sielski says the 30-year-old Clowe, who is set to become a free agent after finishing up last season with the New York Rangers, is “the sort of rugged, smart forward” that New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello appreciates.
Two other Newfoundland NHLers — winger Micale Ryder and defenceman Adam Pardy, both from Bonavista — are in line to become unrestricted free agents today.