Forward Daniel Cleary signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Detroit Free Press reports it is for $1.5 million with $1 million possible in bonuses.
Cleary, 35, has spent the past nine seasons with the Red Wings and established career highs with Detroit in 2010-11 when he scored 26 goals and 46 points. He won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008, becoming the first player from Newfoundland and Labrador to hoist hockey's top prize.
"I"m happy for the opportunity to come back and play," Cleary told the newspaper. "I'm putting in a lot of effort to get ready and have a bounce-back year."
A first-round pick (No. 13) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Draft, Cleary has 164 goals and 385 points in 921 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Red Wings. He has 24 points and 52 points in 121 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He had four goals and four assists in 52 games last season.
"He had a tough year, but we're hoping he's going to bounce back," general manager Ken Holland said. "We've had luck with players with heart and determination."
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