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Daniel Cleary | Winger | #11

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (39) / 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 decided to end his playing career.
Cleary was technically a player with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2016-17, but rather than play in contests he instead served as an unofficial coach. In that role he helped the team with the Calder Cup while also guiding the team's prospects, like Tyler Bertuzzi. "He’s been here for two years and been a great mentor for a lot of guys," Bertuzzi said. "We appreciate him being here and what he does for us." It wouldn't be surprising to see Cleary hired as a coach this summer. As for his playing career, it spanned 938 regular season games and an additional 121 playoff contests, including Detroit's Stanley Cup championship in 2008. Thu, Jun 15, 2017 04:28:00 AM

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Eleven seasons after making his debut with the Detroit Red Wings as an undrafted forward, Dan Cleary has helped mold the Red Wings prospects.

Cleary is listed on the Grand Rapids Griffins roster but hasn't played in a game in over a year. He practices with the team and is considering as somewhat of a player-coach hybrid. He has been very instrumental in the Griffins Calder Cup run and has helped players such as Evgeny Svechnikov, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dominic Turgeon grow their game. "I’ve really enjoyed this season. Just seeing the development with the guys and being able to help" said Cleary. "this has been really fulfilling for me. I’m happy to be here, happy to be around the guys." After a very successful career with the Red Wings, Cleary appears to have a future in coaching.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 09:49:00 AM

Daniel Cleary has not played in one game for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season.

Raise your hand if you thought he was retired. Okay, you can put it down now. While the 38-year-old has not played, he has been a big part of the team as he practices every day and has had a great effect on youngsters like Tyler Bertuzzi among others. "He taught me a lot of things, what to expect and what to not expect," Bertuzzi said last training camp, talking about Cleary’s veteran influence. "He was almost like a father figure." At least you now know what Daniel Cleary has done all season.
Sun, May 14, 2017 07:15:00 AM

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

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

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