DETROIT — The Wings would like Daniel Cleary back, but as of now there’s nothing close to being done.
Detroit has not agreed with Cleary on a three-year contract that will pay him roughly $2.6 million a season.
The sticking point is the salary cap.
They’d like to have Cleary back, but only if they’re able to shed some salary first.
Teams can go 10-percent over the salary cap during the offseason, but that’s something they don’t want to do.
In the meantime, Cleary is free to sign with any other team if he gets the deal he’s looking for.
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.
Cleary was a first round draft pick, 13th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.