Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/13/13
Detroit — Some issues rolling around the NHL during a relatively quiet summer with training camp about a month away. Cleary is a bona fide professional solid guy on and off the ice and makes whatever team he’s with better. Brunner is a question mark but given the glimpses of goal-scoring ability he showed last season and the lack of offensively gifted players around the league you’d figure some general manager would take a chance on him. But neither has been signed by anyone. And with each passing day you wonder what options Cleary and Brunner have. The Red Wings did have interest in Cleary. But the team is over the salary cap (which is $64.3 million and the Red Wings are at $66.9 million with restricted free agent Gustav Nyquist unsigned) with 16 forwards under contract once Nyquist is signed. General manager Ken Holland will need to clear roster space which hasn’t been too easy thus far. Other teams are facing similar problems and have little interest in adding a forward such as Jordin Tootoo or Cory Emmerton.
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