half playoff series?
IMO he had 1 good half playoff series in the last 2 years. Other then that, his favorite move is get the puck, pin it to the corner half way up the boards, and then let the dman take it away and throw it out of the zone.
Cleary was good all through this playoffs. Like I said, he was more of a factor with a separated shoulder then Flip and Mule.
It certainly won't kill me if they don't re-sign him but he still has some value in a Holmstrom like role. Cleary is not afraid to go to any part of the ice and battle for the puck. It's often ugly but it's more effective than people give him credit for.
He didn't simple stand around and have pucks hit him. He did the dirty work a lot of guys don't. The concern for me with Cleary is always his health. If he stays healthy he's probably good for 30ish points.
If he ends up on the top lines again, that's more Holland's fault for not giving Babcock better players to work with, especially if he's stuck with an injured Bertuzzi and Samuelsson again.
I guess I'm saying what happens with Cleary isn't going to be a large part of what I think of Holland's moves this offseason.