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Daniel Cleary | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/18/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
Contract: view contract details

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Daniel Cleary out of the lineup Monday versus the Senators.
With Stephen Weiss returning the Detroit lineup, Clearly will be a healthy scratch. Cleary had played in six of the last nine games for the Wings, recording a goal and assist, but he will give way for his teammate tonight and watch from the stands. Regular playing time could be dwindling for Cleary with Pavel Datsyuk aiming for a return soon. Nov 24 - 5:59 PM

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Daniel Cleary logged just 9:06 of ice time in his season debut Wednesday night.

With the team trailing 2-0, he scored a goal just 13 seconds after Jakub Kindl got Detroit on the board with a power-play marker. However, the Red Wings eventually lost 4-3 in overtime. Cleary was also credited with four hits in the contest. He was a healthy scratch for Detroit's first 12 games of the year.
Nov 6 - 10:20 AM

Daniel Cleary will finally appear in a Red Wings' game on Wednesday.

Cleary spent the first 12 games of the season in the press box. As you might suspect, we don't think he'll be a significant contributor with Detroit for the rest of the season.
Nov 5 - 6:23 PM

Daniel Cleary is expected to be a healthy scratch on Friday.

Cleary hasn't had an opportunity to play in a game yet this season. At the age of 35, his role has been reduced to that of a depth forward and it would probably take a series of injuries to get Cleary back in the lineup for any significant stretch of time.
Oct 31 - 1:02 PM

Daniel Cleary hasn't dressed in any of Detroit's first six games.

He's been a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, but coach Mike Babcock expects the veteran winger to stay ready. "He just has to keep working hard," Babcock said. "It's not an easy job, but it's the job he has right now and he's been fine. He works hard and he's a good pro. We come in each and every day and try to put the guys out there that give us the best opportunity."
Oct 23 - 10:46 AM

Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, as Detroit opened the 2014-15 season.

He generate just four goals and eight points in 52 games last season. Cleary was outperformed at training camp by a number of younger players, who got to play on Thursday instead.
Oct 10 - 10:09 AM

Daniel Cleary looks healthy and poised to bounce back after two very disappointing season.

With only eight points in 52 injury-plagued games in 2013-14, Clearly fell right off the fantasy map. However, he has reported to camp healthy (his knee has been a problem the last few seasons) and seems intent on proving that he still has something lef to give the Wings. Cleary started camp skating alongisde Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, which is a promising development. Of Cleary Zetterberg had the following to say: "He had a good off-season, worked really hard. He looks good out there and skates really well. I like to play with him. You always know what you're going to get. He's at the front of the net and is always going to get pucks back. I'm looking forward to having a good camp with him." It will be interesting to see if Cleary can regain the form that made him a viable late-round fantasy selection.
Sep 20 - 10:28 AM

Daniel Cleary wants to prove those that question his contract wrong.

Cleary agreed to a one-year deal worth at least $1.5 million and up to an additional $1 million in bonuses. That's significant given how much he's declined in recent years. His 2013-14 campaign was another low for him as he had just eight points in 52 games. "You want to prove people wrong," said Cleary. "My main objective is get healthy and play the way I know I can. Last year was a tough year." He might do a bit better this season if he can stay healthy, but we wouldn't count on him having any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jul 17 - 9:59 AM

Daniel Cleary is hoping to bounce back in 2014-15.

Cleary inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings after recording just eight points in 52 games last season. "My program has been one of loyalty, and there's good things and bad things that go with that," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on re-signing Cleary despite his struggles. "Way more good, in my opinion. I reached out to a lot of people before signing Dan, and he's very popular in our organization and with our on-ice leaders." Perhaps Holland will be rewarded for taking a chance on Cleary, but we doubt it. We think Cleary's days as a reliable secondary scorer are over.
Jul 11 - 9:50 AM

Daniel Cleary has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Cleary will earn $1.5 million in base salary, but he can make an extra $1 million in bonuses. He had four goals and eight points in 52 games in 2013-14.
Jul 10 - 4:44 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are talking with Daniel Cleary about a contract extension.

Cleary had just eight points in 51 games in 2013-14, so he probably won't get much out of the Red Wings. In fact, it's believed that Detroit might only offer him a two-way deal.
Jun 17 - 9:11 AM

There's a chance that Daniel Cleary (knee) could be done for the season.

He hasn't played since Jan. 28, but several of those absences were the result of him being a healthy scratch.
Mar 18 - 9:28 AM

Daniel Cleary has suffered a knee injury.

Detroit expects Clear to miss at least three games as a result. He has eight points and 31 penalty minutes in 52 games this season.
Mar 4 - 1:52 PM

Daniel Cleary, who has been a healthy scratch for four conseuctive games, will likely sit out a fifth Saturday against Tampa.

The veteran winger is having a tough time cracking the Wings' lineup with the emergence of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Needless to say, Cleary no longer has any fantasy value.
Feb 8 - 10:51 AM

Daniel Cleary will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

Detroit adjusted their lineups because Henrik Zetterberg (back) is ready to return. Cleary has four goals and eight points in 52 games in 2013-14.
Jan 31 - 5:49 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Daniel Cleary
4Drew Miller
RW1Johan Franzen
2Gustav Nyquist
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
8Xavier Ouellet
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Petr Mrazek