Not much has changed for the Detroit Red Wings over the past few weeks. They still have too many forwards, almost no cap space … and, apparently, still want Danny Cleary back. Helene St. James reports that Cleary has no intention of signing elsewhere and that the Wings “do want him back.”
But without any roster space at the moment, Cleary may join the team for training camp in Traverse City on a tryout basis.
Cleary, 34, remains an unrestricted free agent. The Wings offered him a deal before free agency began in July, but Cleary ended up hitting the market and was pursued by the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who even had their captain, Sidney Crosby, call as a pitchman, as well as Anaheim and Philadelphia. …
For now, Cleary will skate with the Wings at the Joe. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Cleary is welcome in Traverse City on a PTO. Players, meanwhile, are banking that Cleary soon will be a teammate again.
St. James also mentions the ongoing health sagas of Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson. The Wings expect both players to be available for the start of camp, but setbacks for either guy could result in them landing on injured reserve to start the year — which would open roster and cap space.