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Red Wings bring back forward Cleary for two years

DETROIT -- Forward Dan Cleary signed a two-year contract
with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

He played in 77 games last season for Detroit and had three
goals and 15 points.

"Dan's a gritty player, and we value what he brings to the
team," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

Detroit lost forward Brendan Shanahan in free agency to the New
York Rangers on Sunday, less than a week after captain Steve
Yzerman announced his retirement.

The 27-year-old Cleary was signed by Detroit as a free agent
last year after playing for Chicago, Edmonton and Phoenix. He has
127 points in 406 games and had a career-high 35 points during the
2000-01 season with the Oilers.

The Red Wings' top priority this offseason is to sign a No. 1
goaltender after deciding against offering Manny Legace a contract
to return. Chris Osgood has been signed as a backup goalie.

Ed Belfour, who had back surgery in April, passed a physical in
Detroit last week.

The 41-year-old Belfour was 22-22 with a 3.29 goal against
average in 49 games last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who
cut ties with him last month. His 457 career wins -- earned in
Toronto, Dallas and Chicago -- trail only Patrick Roy's 551 in NHL
history.