RED WINGS SIGN DAN CLEARY TO FIVE-YEAR DEAL

  Detroit, MI…Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has agreed to contract terms with right wing Dan Cleary on a five-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the deal are not available.

           Cleary, 29, is currently in his ninth NHL season and third with the Red Wings. He suffered a broken jaw on Feb. 9 at Toronto and has missed the last 12 games. Prior to the injury, Cleary appeared in 57 games this season tallying 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points and a +23. At the time of his injury, he was second on the Wings in goals and fifth in points and still ranks 8th in the NHL in plus/minus.

The highest draft pick on the Wings current roster (First Round, 13th overall by Chicago in 1997), Cleary has put together back-to-back 20-goal seasons in Detroit. His previous career-high was a 14-goal season in Edmonton in 2000-01.

 “We’re very pleased to have Dan continue as a member the Red Wings for the next five years,” said Holland. “He’s found a home with our team and city and at 29 years of age, we feel he is just beginning to hit the prime of his career.”

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