With the NHL salary cap getting chopped this season in the wake of a new collective bargaining agreement, several proven NHLers remain without a deal.
Veteran forward Dan Cleary, however, is poised to return to the league.
An unrestricted free agent, the 34-year-old Cleary is weighing his options early this week as NHL training camps get set to open. Although Cleary spent the last eight seasons as a solid defensive forward for the Detroit Red Wings, he has received offers from two other clubs.
“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Cleary told the Detroit Free Press Monday. “But I’ve got to come up with something today, figure out what I’m going to do.
“I’ve got options with guaranteed contracts from other teams, so that’s what I’m trying to make a decision on.”
As reported by Hockey Central insiders John Shannon (in July) and Mark Spector (over the weekend), one candidate for Cleary’s services is the Dallas Stars, now managed by Jim Nill, formerly of the Red Wings front office:
Look for unsigned UFA Dan Cleary to find his way to Dallas. Connections are GM Jim Nill, and Michigan training buddy Shawn Horcoff.