Daniel Cleary skated with the Red Wings Friday, but he won’t be at Detroit’s training camp next week unless he has a new contract.
The Riverhead, Harbour Grace native, an unrestricted free agent, took part in an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena Friday, even though he is no longer under contract with the team with which he’s spent the past eight years.
Cleary wants to sign with Detroit, and the Red Wings want him. Problem is, the team already has 16 forwards under contract for next season and plan to carry only 14.
“Listen,” Cleary said after Friday’s skate, “if I go to Traverse City (Michigan, where the Wings will hold camp), it’s not going to be on a tryout like I did eight years ago.”
The 34-year-old Cleary indicated he is mulling over multiple offers, but admits he would prefer to remain in Motown.
“I’ve got a great deal right now that I could take (with another club),” he said. “But I don’t know. It’s hard.”
How serious are the other offers?
“Pretty serious. Enough to make me think.
“I want to stay in Detroit,” Cleary said. “I think that’s made pretty clear. I’ve been pretty patient and had other opportunities to leave and just didn’t want to leave. I’ve tried to wait as long as I could for Detroit to make the right moves, I guess. That’s all I can say right now.”
Cleary said he plans to make a decision by Sunday.