Daniel Cleary had a career-high 26 goals with the Wings in 2010-11. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
The Red Wings are giving forward Daniel Cleary another chance. They signed the 35-year-old forward to a one-year, $1.5 million contract Thursday.
Cleary is coming off a disappointing season. He had only four goals and four assists in 52 games and was a healthy scratch for numerous games.
This will be Cleary’s 17th NHL season. Cleary has been with the Red Wings since 2005-06, when he was signed as a free agent. He has 164 goals and 221 assists in 921 career NHL regular-season games.
Cleary has been a favorite of coach Mike Babcock because of his rugged two-way play. However, with the Wings using more of their promising young forwards, Cleary may have trouble getting playing time or even making the roster out of training camp.
He had a career-high 26 goals in the 2010-2011 season but has scored 12, nine and four goals, respectively, in the last three seasons.