DETROIT - The Red Wings have decided to bring back a familiar face.
Daniel Cleary is returning to Detroit on a one-year deal.
Cleary signed a one-year deal last season after a confusing offseason that saw him turn down a contract from Detroit, and lose out on a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers right before Red Wings began training camp.
Once he made the team, his presence on the roster kept Gustav Nyquist in Grand Rapids. In 52 games, Cleary recorded four goals, four assists, and was a minus-11.
Nyquist was eventually recalled, and scored 28 goals and 20 assists in 57 games. He was a plus-16.
The offseason began with promise for the Red Wings, with the hope of signing a free agent right-handed defenseman.
Once Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Stephane Robidas, and other targets chose to sign with different teams, the Wings were forced to bring Kyle Quincey back.
Now, Cleary is back because of a reported verbal agreement with the front office last year.