My point of showing all these links is that Cleary and Holland were not "the only ones" talking about it. It was reported from pretty much every media outlet out there is. Could it be wrong....sure. Only Holmgrem, Cleary, and Cleary's agent know for sure.
I believe you are right and that a handshake agreement is not allowed under the CBA. But good luck proving a conversation that took place between a select few. Again, could it be BS....yes. But all signs point to it being true given that he keeps getting signed when he clearly is done. I am basing my opinion off off what I see.
I understand the "gentlemen" agreement. After Cleary's performance last season, it's quite obvious that this guy just wants another paycheck and doesn't care about the development of the team. There is no way that he could contribute better than the players that are out of waiver options. Enough is enough.
And to think of all of those kids in their Crosby jerseys with puffy red eyes and runny noses after crying their eyes out after watching their Pens getting eliminated. I’m sure one of those kid’s name is Gary.