I hate to think that Holland and Babs haven't done anything about the Cleary problem because they want to protect their own pride and egos against the mistake that was re-signing him, but at this point, what other explanation is there?
That's not it. I think that Babcock is just obsessed with getting Cleary going. Perhaps he views Cleary as having been his own personal project; the latter was on the team by Babcock's decision in 2005-2006 and went on to do very well for five seasons afterward. But the past two-plus seasons have made it apparent that Cleary is ---DONE---. He has been in indisputable decline throughout that period, regardless of the surgeries that were supposed to rejuvenate him.
Whatever the case, it has got to end. I fervently hope that he'll be scratched when Weiss and/or Alfredsson return, and I can't see it happening any other way.
My most immediate hope is that he'll start anywhere but on the first line next period. Even Samuelsson would do better.
Edited by Crymson, 21 November 2013 - 09:24 PM.