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Report: Dan Cleary's deal with Flyers hits complication, called off

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Cleary was  bound for Philly but doesn't look like it now. (USATSI)
Cleary was bound for Philly but doesn't look like it now. (USATSI)

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Remember the wide-spread reports of Dan Cleary heading to the Flyers for three years and $7.75 million? Well hold the phone, there might have been a change of plans.

No deal could be officially signed until the season gets underway because the cap issue the Flyers face so technically Cleary was going to show up in Philly on a PTO for camp. He wasn't present on Wednesday when camp opened and now Elliotte Friedman says he might not show up at all.

That's strange, you wonder why there was a change of heart on this. The agreement was reported by numerous people so it's not as though it was just made up or anything, there were even contract details in the report, though GM Paul Holmgren insisted there was no deal in place. Holmgren did confirm, however, that Cleary was invited to camp and he accepted. You have to wonder if this snag has anything to do with the widespread reports of a deal being in place while the team had to bring him in on a PTO?

Still, it might not be the worst news the Flyers ever hear. The contract that was reported was bordering on irresponsable given Cleary's age, ailing knees and dwindling production to go with the Flyers' cap space situation. Now it might not come to fruition at all.

With that it looks like Cleary is once again looking for a job and perhaps it will lead to a return to Detroit but it would have to be at a much lower cost, although their cap situation isn't much better.

Cleary did play in all 48 games last season for Detroit, scoring nine goals and six assists. He added four goals and six assists in 14 playoff games as well.

UPDATE 1: This is news to Holmgren who said on Wednesday he is still expecting Cleary to show up on Thursday for camp.

UPDATE 2: We might see why there is a change of heart at play. From Aaron Ward of TSN:

It is never, ever boring in Philadelphia.

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