The Flyers signed F Daniel Cleary to a three year deal on Monday. The deal cannot be made official until the end of the month, as the Flyers are over the salary cap until Chris Pronger is placed on the LTIR. The deal, as reported by USA Today, is worth $2.75 million over three years.
Cleary became the odd man out in Detroit, where he’s played since 2005, after the Red Wings signed star winger Daniel Alfredsson and center Stephen Weiss. Cleary should fit nicely on the Flyers third line, as he produced nine goals and six assists during the lockout-shortened 2013 season. The 34 year old is a 14 year veteran of the NHL, spending the first four years of his career with the Edmonton Oilers. He had a brief stint with the Phoenix Coyotes before landing with the Red Wings after the lockout. During his eight seasons in Detroit, Cleary amassed 14 or more goals five times and broke the 20 goal plateau three times. He also chipped in 19 or more assists six times.
Cleary won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008 and is the second Stanley Cup veteran the Flyers have added this week. This signing likely signals that the Flyers will not be re-signing long time winger, and fan favorite, Simon Gagne.