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Daniel Cleary | Winger | #11

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/18/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (13) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Daniel Cleary has inked a one-year deal with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Griffins are affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings. It might sound surprising that a 37-year-old with 938 games worth of NHL experience under his belt has agreed to an AHL-only contract, but it is consistent with what Cleary had discussed over the summer. Cleary spent time with the Griffins last season and enjoyed being a mentor to young players. In a way, Cleary might end up being a mixture between a player and a development coach with the Grand Rapids and we imagine that the Red Wings are happy to have someone with his level of experience around to guide their prospects. Fri, Sep 23, 2016 12:13:00 PM

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Daniel Cleary has signed a professional tryout with the Detroit Red Wings.

Unfortunately, this appears little more than the organization giving the 37-year-old a shot at surprising the coaches and perhaps landing a spot in the minors. Cleary has spent the last 10 seasons with Detroit, but played 35 games for AHL Grand Rapids last season. He also has both an injury history and has failed to cross the double-digit goal threshold since notching 12 in 2011-12.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 01:05:00 PM

The Red Wings are talking to Daniel Cleary about playing for their AHL affiliate next season.

Cleary played 35 games with AHL Grand Rapids in 2015-16 and it appears as though Detroit liked having the veteran forward down there. The 37-year-old had some productive seasons in the NHL, but don't expect him to see much (if any) action with the big club if he decides to come back.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Daniel Cleary wants to play again next season, even if it's with an AHL team.

Cleary ended up playing in the minors last season and while that was difficult at times, the 37-year-old ended up having a good time. "I really enjoyed what I did last season, being in that role, helping the young kids grow into being future Red Wings," Cleary said. "I’m training to do that (playing). It took me a few days (after being sent down), but after I settled into it, I really enjoyed the experience in Grand Rapids. It’s a great coaching staff, great group of guys, great training staff. It was a lot of fun, and I still want to play. The thing is, though, is can this body hold up over the course of a season? But I feel I can help mentor young players, and show them what it takes to play in the NHL." Cleary has 938 games worth of NHL experience and another 121 contests worth of playoff experience under his belt. So if Cleary is willing to accept a minor league job under the idea that he'll help mentor the prospects, there should be some interest in him.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:38:00 AM

Daniel Cleary will report to AHL Grand Rapids after all.

"We have future Red Wings there, good players, and I want to be a good pro and a mentor to them," Cleary said. He changed his mind about going to the minors after a meeting on Monday with GM Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 04:16:00 PM

Daniel Cleary has decided not to report to AHL Grand Rapids.

It seems Cleary might opt to retire instead. He signed a one-way, $950,000 contract with Detroit, but he cleared waivers after failing to make the team's opening game roster. Cleary, 36, was used in just 17 games last season.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 12:10:00 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have officially sent Daniel Cleary to AHL Grand Rapids.

Cleary successfully cleared waivers Thursday afternoon. The question now is if Cleary will choose to report to the minors.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Daniel Cleary went unclaimed on waivers.

It's not clear what will happen next as the Red Wings aren't sure that Cleary will report to AHL Grand Rapids. He's inked to a one-way, $950,000 deal though, so he would be well compensated for playing in the minors.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:24:00 PM

Daniel Cleary has been placed on waivers by Detroit.

He dressed in just 17 games with the Red Wings last season, but still received a one-year, $950,000 contract. Even with the new deal, it was speculated that Cleary could start the season in the minors.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Daniel Cleary said he didn't consider hanging up his skates during the off-season.

"No, no. God no," he said, when asked if he considered retiring in the offseason. "I love it. I love it. If you don’t have it, the burning desire, then, you know, you fade away. But, of course, everyone who plays as they get older loves it. They love the preparation, game day, the training. I love all of it. Listen, I definitely I feel like I have given my entire body to this game, so I feel proud of that, that’s for sure. I don’t look back with any regret. I mean, you want to play as long as you can. It’s the best game." Cleary may want to continue playing but his offensive production has been almost non-existent in the last few seasons. It's a nice story but he won't hold any fantasy value in 2015-16. It will be hard for him to crack Detroit's lineup this season. Cleary signed a one way contract which means he'll probably stick with Wings, but expect him to be a healthy scratch more often than not.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Daniel Cleary will suit up for the Red Wings' exhibition game against Boston Saturday night.

The veteran had missed time due to a leg injury but seems healthy enough to play. Cleary is fighting for a roster spot, and if he succeeds in grabbing one he will spend his season on Detroit's fourth line. That makes him worthless from a fantasy perspective.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 09:08:00 AM

Daniel Cleary (leg) skated on Tuesday for the first time at training camp.

"I just talked to him real quick on the ice but he said he felt pretty good," coach Jeff Blashill said. Cleary is trying to earn a bottom-six job with the Red Wings and he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Daniel Cleary did not skate at the Red Wings' first practice on Friday.

He has a minor leg issue that prevented him from participating on the ice. Cleary should be back in action within the week. Which is a good thing for him as he will be fighting for a job in Detroit's bottom six.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Daniel Cleary has inked a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

It's a one-way deal, which means he'll earn that amount even if he's sent to the AHL. However, that cap hit is still small enough that it can be buried in the minors if the Red Wings do demote him. He had a goal and an assist in 17 games last season.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 06:56:00 PM

Daniel Cleary may end up signing with Detroit close to the start of training camp.

He might start the season with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, depending on where the Red Wings stand with injuries. Johan Franzen requires medical clearance from a concussion last season and Pavel Datsyuk is recovering from ankle surgery, so they could start on long-term injured reserve to give Detroit some cap relief. It would also give Cleary a chance to be the team's 13th or 14th forward.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:39:00 AM

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