If Cleary really wanted to just keep playing hockey then he would report to GR. Hell, Chelios didn't want to stop playing and that's what he did when Atlanta sent him down.
And if I'm not mistaken, there is something in the CBA that ex-players have to be paid a similar wage to what other non-players would make if they take a job with the team. So he can't just take any made up job and get his $950,000.
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