Cleary back Friday but no word on his plans

Forward Daniel Cleary confirmed via text he will skate with his former Red Wings teammates at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

He would not confirm if he would accept the Wings’ offer of a professional tryout in Traverse City next week.

The Wings are already over the roster limit by two and slightly over the salary cap.

General manager Ken Holland has said he would not add players until other players are moved or salary is shaved.

The Wings, who signed Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss once free agency opened, currently have 16 forwards under contract.

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.


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