DETROIT — Daniel Cleary will soon be a Detroit Red Wing again.
A source confirmed that Cleary has agreed on a three-year contract that will pay him roughly $2.6 million a season.
The only sticking point is that the Wings need to release a player to get under the 50-man roster limit in order to re-sign Cleary.
The deal could be announced as early as Saturday.
The Wings, who signed Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on Friday, currently have 14 forwards under contract and two more restricted free agents – Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson – that will be resigned sometime this summer.
Cleary, who had nine goals and six assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season last year, has flourished since he joined the Wings for the 2005-06 season.
He’s spent eight seasons in Detroit and has reached the 20-goal plateau three times.
He was also the team’s second leading scorer in last year’s playoffs with four goals and six assists in 10 games.
This will all likelihood be the last forward the Wings add this offseason, but they may still look at adding a top four defenseman through a trade.
Cleary was a first round draft pick, 13th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.