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by George Malik on 04/01/14 at 01:55 PM ET
I've continued to update the practice post Paul started this morning with the usual practice day's worth of Red Wings news, but the strangest injury update didn't come in the form of anything regarding Stephen Weiss's status (proclaimed himself able to skate with the team on Friday, didn't skate with the team today), Jonathan Ericsson's status (recovering from a broken finger) or Henrik Zetterberg (on track to return late in some sort of first-round playoff scenario?), nor which players the Boston Bruins may sit tomorrow (instead, it's all about "message-sending").
The strangest news came in the form of one Daniel Cleary stating that he'd had reaction to an injection of synvisc, the same artifical knee lubricant that Tomas Holmstrom leaned upon during the latter years of his career, and that Cleary is now on the road to recovery, as Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji noted:
"There's like a one percent chance of getting a reaction out of it and I was that one percent," Cleary said. "Just swelled up real bad, took three weeks for the swelling to go away. I had to drain it numerous times. So now it's starting to feel better. It's been boring, it's been mentally trying. Looking to get back on the ice in the next few days."
Cleary said he's been skating before practice so as not to get in the way of the players trying to get their work done.
The only good thing for Cleary has been watching the young kids come into their own.
"It's great to see," Cleary said. "Good kids, too, that's the thing. I try to discipline them every other day if they get out of line. Certainly doing great. It's awesome. You're first-hand witnessing NHL players evolving in front of your eyes. It went a little touch-and-go there for a while but certainly last few games, guys dug in and got some key points."
With only eight games left in the regular season, Cleary knows he's running out of time to get his conditioning back.
"Obviously you train off the ice," Cleary said. "You're out a week or 10 days or a month or two months, whatever it is, there's nothing like game condition no matter what you do so you gotta get games, that type of setting. I don't know if I'm going to be able to get it so we'll see."
I wonder if Cleary will be back for a potential playoff run--or whether he'll have a spot in the lineup...
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