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Video- Did You Know Dan Cleary Scored 23 Playoff Goals For The Wings?

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It’s a cliché that you need bottom six forwards chipping in goals
and the odd big shot or two from a defenseman who rarely puts up points
to get anywhere in the playoffs. But seeing 20+ playoff goals for the Wings
from McCarty, Draper, Cleary, is a reminder of not only how deep those teams were and how many playoff games those guys played and how versatile those
players could be in their deployment, but also how consistently they contributed.
You rarely had to worry that a couple of star forwards going through an ice-cold stretch at the wrong time was going to undermine team success.

I think we’ve gotten enough distance on the endless Cleary re-signings when he could no longer contribute to refocus on what a useful addition he was: a heavy, versatile player with enough skill to complement star players. Did things like take Chris Pronger off the ice for five mins when the refs were letting him get away with Anaheim’s usual. It’s still not often you see a top draft pick who wasn’t going to make it on pure skill change their game this much in order to thrive as a complementary player.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/08/20 at 10:20 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Game 7 vs. the Ducks. smile

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/09/20 at 12:23 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

This reminded me of good he was at tipping in shots in front of the net.  He didn’t block the goalie’s vision as much as Homer, but man he could get in the right place to tip the puck into the net.

That goal at 5:40 against Chicago…beautiful. 

Loved the guy during the contending years.  Yeah he was given too many contracts, but that’s not his fault.  He was a warrior; I bet he’d still be playing if he had the offer.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/09/20 at 09:26 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Dan Cleary aka Charlie Buckets….... wink

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/09/20 at 12:47 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

I still stick by my contention that after all the whining and crying, the 1yr contracts to Dan Cleary had ZERO impact on this organization, unlike say Ablekater.  It was just fan fueled hate towards the GM as the team began a decline that was inevitable.  The only impact was waiving Vile Leino who played 1 or 2 more seasons of NHL hockey, and keeping GUS In the minors for an extra 30 days. By all accounts, inside the room he was a good mentor.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 04/09/20 at 04:37 PM ET

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