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Elliotte Friedman of CBC recaps what has gone on with Cleary over the last few days.
added 12:07pm, A little more from Carchidi via the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers appear to have found their third-line left winger.
General manager Paul Holmgren confirmed on Tuesday that Dan Cleary will be at the Flyers' camp Thursday on a tryout contract. However, Holmgren said no deal was in place, as was reported by the Detroit Free Press.
"There are no promises. It's just like the Hal Gill (contract)," he said.
The Detroit newspaper said Cleary had agreed to a three-year deal worth $2.75 million per year, and that it would be signed after the Flyers gain cap space by putting Chris Pronger on the LTIR list at the start of the season.
A lot of head scratching going on over the Flyers and Dan Cleary reaching an agreement on a contract which will pay Cleary $8.25M over 3 years plus a No-Trade Clause.
My reaction? Cleary has been a warrior for the Red Wings but injuries over the last few years were an issue for him. He has slowed down and even though only 34 years-old, his body has taken a beating and it is time for the Wings to giving more ice time to the younger players.
For fans not familiar with Cleary, watch below a HNIC After Hours segment he did in March of this year.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary warned today that the lockout that is threatening the start of the NHL season might linger on and on.
"I think people don't think it can go a year," Cleary said after several Wings held an independent skate at Troy Sports Center. "As players, we think it can. Maybe longer."...
"Just trying to be realistic," Cleary said. "I think the league is waiting for us to make the move, and we're waiting for them to move. So someone has to move. And I don't see it coming from our end. We've given them a couple of good options that they can work with, and they, obviously, feel it's not good enough.
"We're at a stalemate, I guess you can say. We're stuck in the middle right now."
Numerous reports state Pavel Datsyuk had his knee scoped and will miss at least two weeks.
Dan Cleary is expected to be back tonight.
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary will miss the last four games of the exhibition season with an upper-body injury, general manager Ken Holland has told the Free Press.
Holland said hopes are that Cleary will be ready for the Oct. 7 season opener against Ottawa. Cleary was hurt Friday, when the Wings played the Philadelphia Flyers. He has been on the ice since, including for today’s practice.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
For most of the season, the story around the Detroit Red Wings has been who is leaving the lineup with injuries. The Wings finally have some good news with Dan Cleary retuning from a separated shoulder that placed him on the club’s long injury list for a dozen games.
And so far, so good. Cleary has goals in two straight games, netting one against the Kings on Jan. 7 and another against the Sharks on Jan. 9 with the opportunity for more Tuesday night on Long Island.
“It doesn’t even look like he’s lost anything,” goalie Jimmy Howard told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. “He was flying out there again. He really picked that top corner there. He’s got a heck of a shot, and he definitely used it to his advantage.”
continued and more Central Division notes…
via the Twitter of Bruce MacLeod,
Dan Cleary has a separated shoulder and will be out four weeks. Ville Leino returns to the Red Wings lineup.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
...But if Dan Cleary makes this team—and I expect he will—he won’t be there because his coach Mike Babcock is running the squad and he won’t be there because more talented players are sitting out. From what I saw in last spring’s Stanley Cup finals, Cleary is a uniquely talented player in the game, a guy who goes hard to the net and screens the goalie as well as anyone in hockey right now. He’s also a defensive ace. among the best two-way players in hockey.
During the Cup finals, I kept track of scoring chances and also reviewed all of them. I tracked which players did the most to create scoring chances for their own teams. I also tracked which players made the mistakes that led to scoring chances for the other team.
In the seven games, Cleary was a key contributor on 32 Detroit scoring chances. He made mistakes that contributed to just four Pittsburgh scoring chances, making him +28 for the series, by far the best mark on any player in the Stanley Cup finals…
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
(Dan) Cleary said he spoke with Jiri Hudler, who is in the Czech Republic. As much as Cleary would like to see Hudler back with the Wings next season, he doesn’t blame him for signing a two-year deal worth about $10 million tax free with the Moscow Dynamo.
Hudler’s NHL arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Toronto and the Wings are seeking a two-year award.
“He doesn’t want people to be angry with him,” Cleary said. “I hope people aren’t.”
Cleary said Hudler was given an offer that was too great to pass up: “It would take him seven or eight years to make the kind of money he’ll make in two.”
more on how Cleary is spending his summer…
Q. Can you talk about the job that led to Pav coming back? That was the story, but he played pretty well especially in the early going there?
KRIS DRAPER: He was huge for us early on. They came out with a pretty great push, and Ozzie had to make some saves early. We had good battles that we had to win around the net. But after that, once Cleary scored, the team had to settle us down a little bit, and we were able to get into the way we want to play.
But our start, wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been from our team. And you give Pittsburgh credit, because they came in good.
Q. In what ways are Babcock and Bowman similar?
KRIS DRAPER: Similar? The passion to win. You know, Scotty at this time of the year was obviously the most successful coach of all time. And he always found ways to get the match-ups that he wanted.
I think Mike the last couple of years has done a great job bench coaching. But the one thing that you know from both coaches is that we always felt that we were prepared. That’s one thing that I know. Babs takes a lot of pride in just making sure that game?in and game?out that our hockey team is prepared and there aren’t any surprises.
You know, that’s exactly what he’s going to do over the next couple of days. He’s going to go over a ton of video to make sure that if there’s anything that we haven’t seen or that we need to do, that which make those changes and be prepared for Game 6.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Dan Cleary’s status for Game 5 tonight will be determined after the pregame warmups. Cleary, who didn’t skate this morning, said he sustained a “lower-body’’ injury in Game 4. Cleary was vague, as you would expect this time of year. Asked if it was a new injury or something that had been bothering him, he said, “a little of both.’’ He also said he had tests done but has not gotten the results back yet. He said it’s nothing that would require a pain-killing shot.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Cleary goal last night.
My take, if the puck was under Hiller’s pad, then the complaint has a point, but the puck was behind his pad and what was Cleary supposed to do, nothing?
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Mike Babcock just said that Cleary will be in the lineup for Thursday’s Game 1….
Cleary didn’t skate today. He suffered an injury during Tuesday’s practice, likely when Niklas Kronwall checked him into the boards. Cleary said that he went for tests, yesterday.
“It showed there’s something there, but it’s not a big concern,” said Cleary. “It’s more precautionary than anything.”
“I should be ready to go, shouldn’t be a problem,” said Cleary.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The NHL is as soft on crime as the most liberal, feeling-sorry-for-criminals judge in the Dominion, so don’t expect Dwayne Roloson to be suspended for his uppercut, goalie stick chop at Daniel Cleary’s private parts.
But Roloson deserves to be out a few games for that one. Imagine the upset and anger in Edmonton if an opposition goalie did that to Ales Hemsky.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Update from the morning skate: Dan Cleary will miss tonight’s game against Pittsburgh due to a left eye infection, for which he was scheduled to see a doctor this afternoon, coach Mike Babcock said. Cleary has been experiencing some irritation in the eye most of the season, affecting his vision at one point and prompting him to wear a visor.
As expected, Johan Franzen will return to the lineup, after missing five games with a sprained left MCL.
from Brendan McCarthy of the Telegram,
In the summer of 2004, Cleary began - at the urging of his new agent, J.P. Barry, and his best friend, Shawn Horcoff, a former Oiler teammate - working out with fitness guru T.R. Goodman in Venice Beach, Calif.
Goodman has been widely credited for extending the career of Chris Chelios, a 46-year-old Red Wings defenceman.
“Physically,” said Chelios, a teammate of Cleary’s in Chicago when the latter was a rookie, “I don’t want to say he wasn’t working, but it just took him a while to learn he had to apply himself conditionally.”
“I would have to go to that summer,” Cleary told The Telegram’s Robin Short when asked to identify the defining moment of his career.
from Stanley Cup’s Blog at NHL Connect,
“As Newfoundlanders, we have to fight for every inch of everything that we get,” said Don Coombs, the mayor of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador. “And Danny Cleary has taken that character and the personality of our province and made it work for him.”
The fortunes of Harbour Grace and its most celebrated son run parallel. Both have seen glorious highs and darkened lows, but have come out the other side shining.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Despite the fact that many newspapers don’t publish on Canada Day (Happy Canada Day!), there’s no shortage of multimedia goodness pertaining to Red Wings forward Dan Cleary’s two-day celebration with the Stanley Cup in his home province, Newfoundland:
Global National posted a 2:22 clip of Cleary’s arrival in St. John’s and his trip to Janeway Children’s Hospital;
continued with video links…
From the CP (via Slam),
Hockey’s greatest prize arrived in Canada’s youngest province on Monday, greeted by the first man from Newfoundland and Labrador to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Newfoundland hockey hero Dan Cleary and a mob of fans welcomed the Cup on its arrival at the St. John’s airport. Cleary became the first Newfoundland-born player to win the Cup when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL finals earlier this month.
“You don’t forget where you came from,” Cleary said.
We’ve had a ton of email requests from KK readers for more info on Dan Cleary’s time with the Stanley Cup (who knew you all loved Newfies so much?!) so let me send you off to Puck Daddy, who has a great selection of photos.
Update 4:22pm ET: Check out MLive for video of today’s activities.
Update 5:10pm ET: Kenn Oliver at The Telegram has a story up.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Word spread quickly on the street that the Cup and Osgood were inside the Irish pub. Lines formed outside 821 Penniman Avenue to get a glimpse of North America’s oldest professional sports trophy, which is made of silver and nickel alloy.
And once you gained entrance inside O’Callaghan’s, it was pure bedlam.
“Oh, my God, I just drank out of the Stanley Cup,’’ said one female patron as she exited the bar.
While patrons poured their alcoholic beverages into the Cup for a chance at a celebratory swig, Osgood patiently accommodated, hunched over and standing on top of the bar, while pouring the bulky 34-pound trophy.
Read about the celebration that is about to begin in Harbour Grace N.L., brought to you by the CP via the Globe and Mail…
While he’s used to a certain amount of celebrity as a professional hockey player, he said the attention he has received in Newfoundland is beyond what he expected.
“We all know a certain level about privacy,” Cleary said. “This is a whole new level. This is like Steve Yzerman privacy level. I’m trying to relax and go with the flow. It’s not easy. I know it sounds stupid, but I’m very inexperienced.”
more from George Sipple at the Detroit Free Press on Cleary back home, and the Cup isn’t even with him until Monday/
from Bob White at Coaster.com,
He was third to hoist the Cup, which first went to captain Niklas Lidstrom, first European to ever captain an NHL championship team, and then to 16-year veteran and first-time Cup winner Dallas Drake, who passed it on to Cleary.
“I wasn’t expecting to get it (the Cup) that soon,” he said. “It showed me how much the guys respect me and how they understood how huge this was for me. I love these guys, each and every one of them are friends. Now, we’ve got a bond for life, one that will never be broken.”
And just what was it like to finally raise the famous and coveted 35-pound piece of silverware?
more with a nice picture with Cleary and Bob Cole…
from the CBC,
“To get it on Canada Day is something special,” said Coombs. “It gives everyone a chance to share with Danny … [and] be able to be a part of the history that he made.”
The town was practically painted red and white during the NHL playoffs, with a massive banner hoisted across the legendary coastal boat the Kyle, which is moored in the town’s harbour.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
From a top prospect to chronic underachiever to a man without a contract three years ago, Cleary too has found a home in Detroit and, in return, has given them nothing but dedicated play.
“Here I am at the pinnacle of hockey,” he said in disbelief.
As soon as he took the Stanley Cup from Drake, Cleary sought out his family in the stands and raised the Cup to them.
“Oh my gosh, it’s so surreal,” said Cleary’s wife Jelena, holding 22-month-old daughter Elle in her arms. “I’m just so happy for him.”
more on the Wings…
From John Niyo at the Detroit News,
...afterward Maxime Talbot talked about looking into the 42-year-old Roberts’ eyes “and you’re kind of scared, you know, like, ‘Oh, my God, that guy’s intense!’ ”
“He certainly has provided a spark and some energy,” Cleary admitted. “He’s a gritty guy and he was a big influence on that winning goal. But we have guys that’ll hit and get in there and get dirty, too.”
One of those guys, Dallas Drake, was on the receiving end of a pair of Orpik’s hits in that highlight-reel shift Wednesday. Drake, though, had a shift just like it in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, and tonight he’ll undoubtedly look to introduce himself to his old friend, Mr. Roberts.
Paul is at the NHL’s media event in Detroit (for which we’re hosting the live video feed on the previous post).
This post will be an open forum from the event, to add photos he sends in and links to audio he’ll be posting on NHL.com later today.
Updates will be added below throughout the day, with Wings stuff coming in first since the Penguins aren’t yet available. To start, I’ve put up a couple screenshots from video he’s shot today so far…
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From The Southern Gazette,
“Really, it’s been the last six games in the playoffs that I’ve been feeling close to what I was before the injury.”
The face mask, styled after that used by a place-kicker in football, has been attached to Cleary’s helmet since he returned to the ice. He doesn’t like using it, but he has no choice if he wants to play.
“It’s a win-lose situation. I wear it, and I can play. I can play better without it, but if I get hit, I’m out of the line-up. It’s really hard to see the puck at your feet, but I’ve adjusted. A couple of high sticks have hit the shield, so it has definitely saved me.”
While the timing of his return home has not been decided (he may come home as the first person from Newfoundland and Labrador with his name engraved on the Stanley Cup), Cleary will be heading home to Riverhead this summer.
from Red Wings Corner,
Dan Cleary had surgery to remove wires from his jaw this morning and remarkably was at practice and made it through every drill. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night.
Cleary revealed the the front of his jaw is numb and could remain that way for a long, long time. Had he chosen the other procedure—where his jaw would have been wired shut for six weeks instead of two and he would have missed the rest of the season—he wouldn’t have that numbness. That’s a pretty big sacrifice to return to the ice.
more on the Wings, not good news…
via the AP,
The Detroit Red Wings signed right wing Dan Cleary to a five-year contract on Tuesday, keeping a player who scored 20 goals for a second straight season for them.
update from FSN Detoit, 5 years, $14 million.
added 7:45pm, more from Ansar Khan at Mlive...
added 9:17pm, much more at Red Wings Corner on the signing and it looks like Lilja will have to wait until after the playoffs to talk contract again…
Cleary, currently sidelined with a broken jaw, was a teammate of Hossa during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, with Mora of the Swedish Elite League.
“Any team that gets this guy … he’s a real good person, a great team guy,” Cleary told CBCSports.ca reporter Doug Harrison on Monday. “He’s the most explosive player I’ve ever seen. Straight-away speed, no one touches him.”
While adding Hossa would allow Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to split up the dynamic duo of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Cleary believes it’s wishful thinking.
Cleary took a puck to the face in today’s Wings/Leafs game. Report on CBC is he has sustained a non-displaced fractured jaw.
added 9:38pm, via TSN,
The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Daniel Cleary for the next six to eight weeks, as the team learned that he will have surgery on a broken jaw suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from the Detroit Free Press,
“We want to find people that fit into our program, at a price that makes sense for the player and the club,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re hoping Dan wants to stay here. We’re willing to pay, but if we can’t get something done, we’ll look at options.”
from the St. John’s Telegram,
Now that he’s found his groove in Hockeytown, U.S.A., Cleary doesn’t see any reason to leave. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season and doesn’t feel the need to test the open market.
“I certainly hope I don’t leave,” said Cleary, who is pocketing US$662,500 this season and is likely due for a healthy raise. “We’re talking now about contract extensions, so hopefully something can get done. We’re talking long term.
“I’d like to play here as long as I can.”
much more on Cleary…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Wings have a stacked club, but GM Ken Holland doesn’t want to let unrestricted free agent forward Dan Cleary get away. He may be their most versatile player, creative enough to play with the big boys, strong enough defensively to be a shut-down forward. “Some other team may think Danny can be a No. 2 centre and may offer him a lot of money,” said one NHL scout.
much more Western Conference talk…