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Daniel Cleary | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/18/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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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. Oct 16 - 4:16 PM

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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.
Oct 9 - 12:10 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.
Oct 8 - 5:01 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.
Oct 8 - 2:24 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.
Oct 7 - 12:20 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.
Sep 27 - 11:23 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.
Sep 26 - 9:08 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.
Sep 23 - 12:00 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.
Sep 19 - 8:48 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.
Sep 4 - 6:56 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.
Aug 25 - 10:39 AM

Daniel Cleary will meet with the Detroit Red Wings to talk about his future.

Cleary is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He participated in just 17 games with the Red Wings in 2014-15. Despite that, it wouldn't be shocking if the Red Wings re-signed him and even gave him a one-way deal. That being said, Detroit could turn around and send him to the minors if he doesn't have a great training camp, regardless of whether or not Detroit put guaranteed money on the table.
Jun 12 - 10:40 AM

Forwards Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss will be scratched for Game 7 against the Lightning Wednesday night.

With the Red Wings season on the line, head coach Mike Babcock will use the same forward tandems from Game 6 in Game 7 Wednesday night, which means both Cleary and Weiss will be healthy scratches again. Cleary has not been able to crack the Wings lineup during the postseason while Weiss played in just Games 1 and 2.
Apr 29 - 5:42 PM

Daniel Cleary tagged in for the injured Justin Abdelkader on Sunday evening against the Washington Capitals.

Abdelkader has been a revelation for the oft-beleaguered Red Wings lineup, tallying 23 goals and 44 points over 71 games this season. Cleary meanwhile has been hanging onto his job by a thread, playing in just 15 games without significant production.
Apr 5 - 4:49 PM

Daniel Cleary will make his first appearance in 17 games for the Red Wings on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

It's been a tough season for the veteran winger Cleary to say the least. He's seen just 13 games, three of which in 2015, while accumulating two points, eight blocks, and 17 hits during his time.
Mar 31 - 7:14 PM

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