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While Daniel Cleary may have had more points than Weiss last season, he put up eight points in 52 games, or the same point-per-game average as Weiss.
Cleary, like Weiss, was also injured last season. His time in Detroit looked to be limited, but he was re-signed to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million per Cap Geek. Via Twitter, Cap Geek also reported that Cleary would earn an additional $1 million if he played in 10 games this season.
To say that the Newfoundland native is under pressure to prove himself early in the season would be an understatement.
Last season, Cleary's signing late in September took away a roster spot from either Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar. Both players went on to lead the Red Wings in goals last season, with 28 and 19 respectively.
This season, Detroit's signing of Cleary not only takes away $2.5 million off of the cap hit (if Cleary plays 10 games), but it also could take away a roster spot to potentially re-sign Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson is not getting any younger, but still managed to lead a depleted Red Wings lineup in points last season with 49.
Cleary, unlike Stephen Weiss, will likely be under the most scrutiny from fans, for the sole reason that he is taking up a roster spot, and not expected to be a top-six contributor in doing so.