Dan Cleary Returning To Red Wings

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By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

All reports Wednesday had longtime Detroit Red Wing Dan Cleary out the door for the Philadelphia Flyers after Detroit’s offer did not match what Cleary expected. Apparently, though, the deal with the Flyers fell through, and Cleary will be back in Detroit.

A 15-year NHL veteran, Cleary has spent the last eight seasons in Detroit. Now 34 years old, Cleary began his career in 1997 with the Chicago Blackhawks. After two years in the Windy City, Cleary – a Canada native – played four years for the Edmonton Oilers. After one season with the Phoenix Coyotes, he landed in Detroit in 2005, and he has been with the Red Wings ever since.

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Red Wings sign Cleary: one year, $1.75 million

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The Dan Cleary saga is over.

Though to be fair, a whole new one might be starting.

Cleary, who has made waves throughout the past week in both Detroit and Philadelphia, has officially re-signed with the Red Wings, agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million extension.

The deal was confirmed by Wings GM Ken Holland.

It marks the end of a crazy last few days in which Cleary turned down a professional try out to attend Detroit’s training camp, then accepted a PTO to attend Philly’s training camp — amidst reports that he’d verbally agreed to a three-year, $8.25 million deal with the Flyers as soon as the club became cap compliant.

Well, that didn’t go exactly to plan.

Cleary never reported to Philly’s camp, which came as a shock to the organization and GM Paul Holmgren.

What remains unclear is if the Flyers caught heat for potentially agreeing…

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Isles to keep colors after move to Brooklyn

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The New York Islanders will not be changing their colors when they move to Brooklyn in 2015, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark confirmed today, according to Christian Arnold of New York Hockey Journal.

The Isles will, however, have a patch and create a third jersey that “speaks to Brooklyn,” per Arnold’s tweet.

Presumably, the third jersey will be a black and white one, similar to the jersey worn by the Isles’ future Barclays Center mates, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

“The colors black and white are the new badge of honor in Brooklyn,” Yormark said in April. “The question is, can we weave that into their color scheme, and create a connection to the fans here in Brooklyn?”

There’s also this, from today:

While that capacity is…

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‘Pisses me off’: Galiardi peeved at Calgary’s last-place projections

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One of the newest Calgary Flames isn’t happy with pundits picking his team to finish in the basement this season.

“It kinda pisses me off when I hear people say all these negative things, ‘Oh yeah, have fun finishing last,’ stuff like that, even from people from Calgary,” TJ Galiardi told the Calgary Sun. “People like that should just not bother talking.”

The 25-year-old winger, acquired from San Jose in July, is one of the new faces on a team that finished 25th in the league last season.

Other new faces include David Jones and Shane O’Brien (Galiardi’s former Colorado teammates), ex-Blues defenseman Kris Russell, a slew of rookies and a pair of goalies (Reto Berra, Karri Ramo) looking to replace recently-retired Miikka Kiprusoff.

The point is the Flames will be decidedly different from last year.

As such, Galiardi sees no reason to have low expectations.

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Myers to pair with Ehrhoff, not Tallinder

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Interesting tidbit below concerning Buffalo coach Ron Rolston’s plans to help Tyler Myers rediscover the form that made him the NHL’s 2009-10 rookie of the year.

From the Olean Times Herald:

Believe it or not, Rolston doesn’t plan to reunite struggling defenseman Tyler Myers and old friend Henrik Tallinder, at least right away.

The two formed a dynamic tandem during Myers’ Calder Trophy season in 2009-10. But he hasn’t been the same since Tallinder left for New Jersey in 2010.

When the Sabres reacquired Tallinder in July, many figured the two would be paired together again.

But Rolston plans to put Myers beside Christian Ehrhoff and Tallinder with Mark Pysyk.

Fortunately for Myers, Ehrhoff is no slouch; the 31-year-old veteran led the Sabres, and by a wide margin, in average ice time (25:11) last season, and some even argued he should have received Norris Trophy consideration.

Regardless of who Myers…

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Kings’ Stoll says seizure not ‘connected’ to concussion

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Jarret Stoll isn’t sure what caused his seizure in early July, but he knows it wasn’t from a concussion suffered in the postseason.

“I wish I have a little bit of an explanation,” Stoll told the LA Times on Wednesday. “Nothing really. Even with the concussion in the playoffs, I thought maybe those were connected. But they weren’t.

“That’s the good news, I guess.”

Stoll, 31, was rushed to a L.A.-area hospital the morning of July 3 after suffering the seizure and underwent a series of tests, according to Kings GM Dean Lombardi.

A few months earlier, he suffered a concussion (the second of his career) on a high hit from Sharks forward Raffi Torres.

Stoll missed almost all of Los Angeles’ second-round playoff win against San Jose, but did return to play all five Western Conference finals games against Chicago.

So, it remains unclear what caused the…

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The Post’s 2013 NHL mock draft

Do we even dare to believe Mock Draft?

National Post | Sports

For the fourth year, the Post is not asking one or two people to offer their draft thoughts in the form of a mock draft. Instead, we like to call upon the resources of the newsroom to create the kind of real-world draft chaos that only a group of people can manage. There are surprises, reaches and steals throughout our board.

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Note: In our reference to the NHLCS ranking, NA stands for the ranking among players who played for North American teams and EU is for European-based players.

1. Colorado | Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
NHL Central Scouting rank: NA2
International Scouting Service rank: 1
Yes, the Avalanche defence is a mess. But we’re talking about a team run by Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, and do you know how their dynasty was built? By drafting forwards…

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