DETROIT >> Dan Cleary is back with the Detroit Red Wings.
Cleary signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $950,000 on Friday.
He had a goal and an assist in 17 regular season games last season and was a minus-4.
He didn’t appear in the seven-game playoff series with Tampa Bay.
But before all of HockeyTown blows their collective lids … he’s not guaranteed a spot on the roster.
If he’s assigned to Grand Rapids his salary won’t count towards the salary cap.
Prior to signing Cleary, who had a base salary of $1.5 million last season and a $1 million bonus for playing 10 games, the Wings had 24 players there are projected to make the team out of training camp, which was already over the 23-player roster limit.
They were also close to $1 million over the salary cap according to hockeyscap.com.
Detroit does have some wiggle room with the uncertainty health of Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk to begin the season.
Franzen has been taking part in informal practices at Joe Louis Arena, but has yet to receive medical clearance from his latest concussion last season. Datsyuk is still recovering from ankle surgery.
Both players could start the year on long-term injured reserve, which would clear two roster spots and provide salary-cap relief.