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After all the talk about wanting more money, Daniel Cleary decided to stay a Detroit Red Wing by signing a one-year deal worth $1.75 million on Thursday, September 12th. It’s been a long off-season for Cleary. In early July he was offered a three-year contract with the Red Wings but he turned it down asking for more money. The Wings responded by going out and signing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Then, about a week ago, Cleary had another three-year offer on the table this time from the Philadelphia Flyers worth $8.25 million. It was the type of contract he had been holding out for all off-season. But what did he do? Cleary did a 180 degree turn and signed this deal with the Red Wings. Cleary had 10 points in the playoffs last season for the Red Wings ranking him 2nd behind captain Henrik Zetterberg. (Getty Images / Bruce Bennett) “I just followed my heart and did what I thought would make me happy…and I’m proud to be a Red Wing,” Cleary told reporters after the breaking news had surfaced. The signing of Cleary puts the Red Wings in a tough spot as they are now three players over the roster limit and $2.4 million over the salary cap. The organization will have until October to sort these two problems out. But, in the meantime, here are few possible solutions that could take place in order to solve their dilemma. The first logical move would be to put Daren Helm on the injured reserve list to start the season. As much as Helm wants to be on the ice to start the season, there is no need to rush his return, especially with the abundance of forwards fighting for playing time. Next, the Red Wings have two options. If they want to keep everyone in the organization, then they could send Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser back to the Grand Rapids Griffins without losing them through waivers. This should be a valid option for DeKeyser as the Wings would still have 7 defensemen without him. But there is no way Nyquist gets sent down, he is just too talented not to make the roster. Related: Finding space for Tomas Tatar That leaves one more roster spot that needs to be cleared (or two if DeKeyser stays up). The second half of this option would be to orchestrating a trade. It’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened; seeing Alfredsson in a Red Wings’ jersey still baffles me. Popular candidates look to be Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Eaves, Mikael Samuelsson, or Drew Miller. These players don’t add much value to opposing teams making it rather hard to trade any of them away. But it’s the preferred option, as stated by Ken Holland, “We’d like to move somebody. We have to move somebody. Let’s see what goes on the next three weeks…Let’s see where we’re at health-wise and the competitiveness out there.” This leads me into their last-resort action if a trade can’t be made.  Jordin Tootoo and/or Patrick Eaves will have to be waived. Both are veteran grinders and have clearly lost their roles now that Cleary is a part of the team. Regardless, the Detroit Red Wings have some work to do as training camp gets into full swing this week.

Traverse City’s welcomed several visitors chronicling Daniel Alfredsson’s first days as a Wing

I think that my and other folks' reactions to a wrinklethat transpired regarding Daniel Alfredsson's first official day as a Red Wing may have summarized why Daniel Alfredsson chose to join Detroit, other than the whole wanting to win the Stanley Cup thing: TSN and the Toronto Sun sent people here just to cover Daniel Alfredsson? All this way? TSN's Matthew Scianitti...

It Appears Alfredsson Will Keep #11

Hearing that for marketing reasons, Daniel Alfredsson will remain no. 11 with #RedWings. Things already produced for Winter Classic, etc. — Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) September 14, 2013

Looks like Cleary won’t get his No. 11 back from Alfredsson

If Dan Cleary thought he’d be able to get his No. 11 back from Daniel Alfredsson without any problem he could be in for some disappointment. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports Alfredsson will be keeping the jersey number but not because he’s fixated on it. Instead the new guy in Detroit will hang on to it for more… Business-like reasons.

What might the lines look like for the Detroit Red Wings?

With the Red Wings annual Traverse City training camp right around I’m going to sit down take a look at the roster and see what the lines might look like heading in to camp and in the season.The Red Wings made a Hugh splash in the off season with the sign of Daniel Alfredsson as well as the signing of Stephen Weiss. Alfredsson a player many thought would never leave Ottawa...

Red Wings training camp, day 2: on Bertuzzis, Nyquist and Babcock’s cheesy exhibition expectations

The Red Wings' second day of training camp seemed to and did in fact involve more dump-and-retrieval drills, some power play work (which involved Mikael Samuelsson donning a black defenseman's jersey), neutral zone drills and the kind-of-sort-of-re-debut of Daniel Cleary, who was wearing #71 temporarily as the #11 jersey he's going to wear needed to be sewn up--thus one...

Gambling the Franchise?

I'd like to introduce you to a new KK blogger, Da lil Guy. I am sure the name sounds familar to some of you, he is active in the comment sections throughout the KK blogs and has been a member for over 3 years. His team is the Ottawa Senators but will be blogging on different NHL topics too. -Paul Eugene Melnyk wasn’t prepared to meet Daniel Alfredsson’s contract demands...
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