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Red Wings get Cleary after change of heart

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Right winger Daniel Cleary won't bid farewell to the Detroit Red Wings after all, leaving the Philadelphia Flyers at the altar to rejoin the team he's been with for the past eight years.

Cleary, 34, had agreed to a three-year contract with Philadelphia. But he had a change of heart at the last minute and the Red Wings announced he would report to training camp Thursday, where a one-year, $1.75 million deal awaits.

Cleary told the Flyers of his last-minute pitch to the Red Wings before it was announced.

"He's a character guy with deep ties to the Red Wing organization," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Thursday. "I can't fault him for that. I had a couple of conversations with Dan leading up to even two days ago when he'd agreed to come on a tryout. I knew that he wanted to be in Detroit."

The Red Wings are over the salary cap and have 25 players under contract. They added Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson and could only afford Cleary at a cut rate. He made $3 million last season.
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