Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/12/13

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 22: General Manager, Ken Holland, of the Detroit Red Wings listens to a question 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)
Daniel Cleary boarded a plane this morning for Traverse City after reaching an agreement to return to the Detroit Red Wings. Cleary told the Free Press around 10:15 a.m. that "I'm back. Signing deal tonight." Befitting the number he has worn the past eight years with the Wings Cleary had made an 11th-hour pitch to stay with the team he loves. General manager Ken Holland said today that he and coach Mike Babcock met Wednesday with Cleary who then returned to metro Detroit. When the numbers didn't crunch Cleary's way earlier in the week he accepted an offer to go to Philadelphia with a handshake agreement on a three-year $8.75-million deal to be signed by the end of the month. After a miserable Tuesday a day when it sank in that he'd be moving to Philadelphia for three years while his wife and two daughters would stay in Detroit Cleary reached out to Holland and Babcock arranging a meeting
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