Report: Cleary changes mind, staying in Detroit

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Updated: 9/12/2013 11:02 am

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Daniel Cleary has reportedly decided not to sign a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and will instead stay in Detroit and play for the Red Wings.

The Detroit Free Press first reported on Tuesday that Cleary agreed to a deal with Philadelphia that was worth $2.75 million per year. However, on Thursday the paper is now reporting that Cleary will remain in Detroit.

According to the paper, Cleary had a miserable Tuesday when it sank in that he would be leaving his wife and two kids back in Detroit for three years. He then reached out to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock and worked out a new deal.

"I'm back. Signing deal tonight," Cleary was quoted as saying to the paper on Thursday morning.

Cleary has spent the last eight seasons in Detroit and helped the Red Wings to their last Stanley Cup in 2008. The 34-year-old had just nine goals and 15 points in 48 regular-season games last year, but was the team's second-leading scorer in the playoffs after notching four goals and six assists in 14 contests.

The 15-year veteran, who has previously played with Chicago, Edmonton and Phoenix in addition to the Wings, has amassed 160 goals, 217 assists and 455 penalty minutes in 869 career games. Cleary's best season came with Detroit in 2010-11, when he recorded personal highs of 26 goals and 46 points.

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