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Daniel Cleary | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/18/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Daniel Cleary will visit with a dentist Tuesday morning before Detroit's outdoor practice in Ann Arbor.

He was struck in the mouth by a puck in the first period of Saturday's game in Florida and lost 10 teeth. "My lower seven (teeth) and three in front, all gone," Cleary said. "It stinks. It was like candy in your mouth and your spitting (it out). Kind of gross to talk about. What are you going to do?" He played through some pain in that contest and was in the lineup again on Monday.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 09:40:00 AM

Daniel Cleary scored with just 1:58 remaining in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

He also picked up four minutes in penalties. Cleary has three goals and three assists in 35 games this campaign.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 09:23:00 AM

Daniel Cleary scored the lone goal for Detroit in its 2-1 loss to the Panthers on Saturday night.

A pretty discouraging performance from the Red Wings at home against a team as punchless as the Panthers. It's also pretty alarming that Detroit couldnt't muster up more offense in this one. Cleary's goal was his second of the season. Justin Abdelkader and Cory Emmerton dished out the helpers.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 10:06:00 PM

Daniel Cleary will draw back into Detroit's lineup on Friday night versus Washington.

He was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and has three points in 18 games this year. Tomas Tatar will take his place in the press box as a healthy scratch.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Daniel Cleary will spend Tuesday's game in the press box.

"For a guy of (Cleary's) hockey sense and his ability he's got to be a factor every night and I don't see that," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Cleary is a solid complimentary player with Detroit, but he isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Daniel Cleary might be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

He skated with extras Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves during Monday's practice. Johan Franzen also said he's ready to return, so someone will have to go out. Cleary has generated just one goal and two assists in 18 games.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 09:08:00 AM

Depth Charts

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