As per Greg Krupa, KK: DANIEL CLEARY WILL NOT REPORT TO GRAND RAPIDS.
Holland said he did not know if cleary will now retire from active play, but that seems to be the case. Holland spoke to me yesterday about cleary's "passion for the game," & cleary's interest in management/player issues.
Confirmed - Helen St. James, Det.FP:
Daniel Cleary not reporting to minors, according to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland
Ken Holland said it is between club and Daniel Cleary whether he gets paid salary, even as he told Wings he's not reporting to minors.
Well if Cleary doesn't want the $1,000,000 I will glady suit up to take his place in GR lol. I imagine him being offered some made-up position as "Special Associate Assistant Coordinator and Consultant of Player Perspectives and Development" within the Wings organization. Didn't Chelios have a position like that for a while?
Seriously though, I'm quite happy he is refusing to report as this frees up a roster spot in GR for another young guy. They have enough leadership down there with Hoggan, Miele, and Paetsch. No need for Cleary in GR.