Flyers Sign LW Daniel Cleary
The Philadelphia Flyers have found its third line left winger.
After rumors swirled around the potential return of Simon Gagne the Flyers went out and signed veteran left winger Daniel Cleary to a three-year, $8.25 million deal. The deal carries a no-trade clause.
The will also not be official until the end of the month, reported Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Cleary, 34, scored nine goals and added six assist in 48 games last season. He will line up most likely with center Sean Couturier and right winger Matt Read.
Though Cleary was healthy last season he did miss seven games in the 2011-12 season due to a knee injury. He will be 38 at the end of his deal, leading many to speculate health could be a concern.
Cleary told national writer Josh Rimer earlier today that he got the offer from the Flyers and was waiting for the Red Wings to match the offer. Detroit said no and Cleary signed with Philadelphia.
The signing of Cleary means two things.
The first is the fact the Flyers will need to make a trade as the signing will put them $4.75 million over the cap limit. The second is the fate of Gagne, who will most likely not be back. (Related: Why did the Flyers trade for Gagne?)