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DETROIT - NOVEMBER 22: Team Physician, Dr. Anthony Colucci (R) of the Detroit Red Wings answers a question next to General Manager, Ken Holland during a press conference on November 22, 2005 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The team was holding a press conference on the condition of player, Jiri Fischer, who collapsed when his heart stopped during a game on November 21. Fisher is listed in improved condition. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- In a story that has more legs than a centipede, Daniel Cleary is a Detroit Red Wing, agreeing to a one-year, 1.75 million deal with the team early Thursday morning. Its a number (1.75 million) that fits into our cap, Detroit GM Ken Holland said. Over the next three weeks, well have to make some moves to get cap compliant before the Buffalo game. We think were a better team with Clears. Hes a versatile on the wing; hes good in the locker room. In the end, he flew up yesterday to meet with Babs (coach Mike Babcock) and me at the airport, and his message was he wanted to be a Red Wing and he wanted to work with us. Cleary, 34, hopes to play several more years and expressed many times over the summer that Detroit was the only place he wanted to play; however, once he turned down the Wings' offer in early July, they moved forward in free agency -- signing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss -- which made the possibility of Cleary remaining in Detroit remote. With Cleary signed, the Wings find themselves three players over the 23-man roster limit and over the salary cap by roughly 2 million. We have until a couple of days before the Buffalo game to work on our roster," Holland said. "Lets see what goes on. Weve got some built in options, but lets let it play itself out. Holland acknowledged that Detroit might be forced to send down some of their younger players to Grand Rapids because they dont have to clear waivers. We have some players on our team that are on two-way contract," Holland said. "Dan DeKeyser is an example. There is flexibilities worked in, not that hes going down. "Wed like to move somebody. We have to move somebody. Lets see what goes on the next three weeks. Unfortunately Darren Helms not even healthy. Were hoping hes back in a week, but Ive been told it could be a week to three weeks. Lets see where were at health-wise and the competitiveness out there. Detroit has been trying to move players all summer long, but to no avail. If that trend continues, which is likely, expect the Wings to temporarily send DeKeyser and Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids and put Helm on IR. These moves will be unpopular with the fans, but at this point, the Wings don't have many options. Cleary, who earlier this week said he had a deal with Philadelphia, is expected to be in Traverse City later Thursday to take his physical and join his Red Wings teammates on the ice on Friday.
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