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Clear that Cleary isn't a Red Wings priority

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07:20 AM ET 07.08 | Before adding much more, the Red Wings may have to subtract. As in players and salary, and that will take some work. The Red Wings would like to re-sign unrestricted free-agent forward Daniel Cleary, but they are hamstrung right now until their roster and salary-cap situation come into clearer focus. After signing forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on Friday, the first day of free agency, the Red Wings have 22 players under contract -- soon to be 25 when the three RFAs are under contract. NHL teams carry 23 players on their rosters. Also, even without the three RFAs and Cleary signed, the Red Wings already have a $65 million payroll, about $700,000 over the $64.3 million salary cap.

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July 8, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Fiscal mismanagement, I tell ya...

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July 8, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Yeah, that Alfredsson deal did a good job of consuming this year's cap space. They will probably have to buy out Samuelsson's $3M to get some cap space back, then split the remainder between a forward (possibly Cleary) and a veteran defenseman.

July 8, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Somehow Detroit is going to come out of this smelling like a rose and in the playoffs again next year. They always do.

July 8, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At least their backup goaltender position is filled. Kinda.

Shut up you.

(I'm still don't understand that signing)

July 8, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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I still don't understand that signing

It was just buying time until Petr Mrazek is ready.

July 8, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Fiscal mismanagement, I tell ya...

what? from these esteemed business people under the tutelage of Dwarfus?
Never!

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July 8, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Your commentI believe teams had to use their compliance buyouts by the start of free agency, otherwise they have to wait until next summer. Still, teams can be 10% over the cap until the regular season starts, so this isn't a pressing issue that has to be figured out now. Besides, they can always send Alfredsson down to the minors. ;-)

Also...how does one think that Pittsburgh has the ability to sign Cleary, but the Wings have to work some things out first??

July 8, 2013  09:56 AM ET

From what we saw in the Calder playoffs, Mrazek is ready. Def more ready than Gus. Otherwise they play Jimmy 80 games next season.

July 8, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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From what we saw in the Calder playoffs, Mrazek is ready. Def more ready than Gus. Otherwise they play Jimmy 80 games next season.

Yes Mrazek looks ready. However, there was no way for Holland to know how much time Mrazek would need to be ready, so he played it safe by signing Gus to a 2-year deal.

My guess is Holland tries to trade Gus to a goalie-needy team for a draft pick so he can bring up Mrazek and reduce his cap hit.

July 8, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Yes Mrazek looks ready. However, there was no way for Holland to know how much time Mrazek would need to be ready, so he played it safe by signing Gus to a 2-year deal.My guess is Holland tries to trade Gus to a goalie-needy team for a draft pick so he can bring up Mrazek and reduce his cap hit.

hello? Is this the Holmgren residence?

July 8, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Somehow Detroit is going to come out of this smelling like a rose and in the playoffs again next year. They always do.

It breaks my heart to say it but ... just like Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom before him, Dan Cleary's done in Detroit. He might still fill a hole somewhere but I doubt it'll be here. Great career. Great memories. Thanks, Dan!

July 8, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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hello? Is this the Holmgren residence?

Holy crap... If Holland gets Holmgren on the line, it could be a 2nd round pick and a couple prospects in return!

July 8, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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just like Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom before him, Dan Cleary's done in Detroit.

Unlike Drapes and Homer, though, Cleary does have a couple years of solid hockey left in him.

Tough to keep him in the mix when the younger and cheaper guys are stepping into the lineup and contributing like Andersson, Nyquist and Emmerton did. ...And several more good forwards are in the pipeline.

July 8, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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It breaks my heart to say it but ... just like Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom before him, Dan Cleary's done in Detroit. He might still fill a hole somewhere but I doubt it'll be here. Great career. Great memories. Thanks, Dan!

Agreed. They said "see ya later" when they gave Alfie silly money.

July 8, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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Unlike Drapes and Homer, though, Cleary does have a couple years of solid hockey left in him. Tough to keep him in the mix when the younger and cheaper guys are stepping into the lineup and contributing like Andersson, Nyquist and Emmerton did. ...And several more good forwards are in the pipeline.

True words. Amazing how much ex-Wings seemed to be wanted.

July 8, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

True words. Amazing how much ex-Wings seemed to be wanted.

Dan Cleary doesn't feel that way. Not yet anyway.

July 8, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

True words. Amazing how much ex-Wings seemed to be wanted.

I think it has a lot to do with the professionalism of the Wings organization both on and off the ice.

 
July 8, 2013  01:35 PM ET
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I think it has a lot to do with the professionalism of the Wings organization both on and off the ice.

agreed...

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