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#21 Z Winged Dangler

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:08 PM

I voted other.  I was a fan of his up until 2010, but that was 4 years ago now.  After numerous years of waiting for Cleary to join another team, my favorite Cleary moment was when he "signed" with the Flyers last summer, followed by my 2nd least favorite Cleary moment where he backed out and rejoined the Wings and it's not hard to guess that my least favorite Cleary moment was when he signed again this summer.

 

That was a nice penalty shot goal, that was a great hit on Phagooooof and any time someone fights Pronger is fun to see, but he's been a Wings a decade as of this upcoming season......hence the poll should have more options in over 500 games.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:22 PM

 

That will probably win, but I like to forget anything that happened in those playoffs.  

 

Cleary was awful in the 2008 playoffs, but the Wings won the Cup.  In 2009, he was brilliant and scored a lot, but the Wings lost and he missed that crucial breakaway at the end of game 6 against the Pens.  

 

2007 is a better memory, because the team vindicated itself after choking in the playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2006.  Losing to Anaheim on a deflection sucked, and I still feel we'd have won the Cup if not for that play, but overall, that playoff feels better.  Also likely because we won the Cup the following year.  2009 still stings because the Wings haven't won anything since then.

 

Man, those post lockout years were (almost) magnificent.  2006, favorites for the Cup. Sure, they choked big time, but they were still overwhelming favorites and won a ridiculous amount of games.  In '07 they shed the choke reputation and were so close to the finals.  '08 was a Cup win, '09 was a Game 7 final that we played with one hand behind our back and still almost won.

 

2010 had so much promise, and then the injury parade started, and mixed with retirements we haven't been the same since.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:26 PM

Loved seeing Phluffy get rocked.



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:42 PM

As a born and raised newfoundlander, Dano being the first to win the Stanley Cup, and with my favorite team no less, is my favorite. But the game winner in 09 and the penalty shot in 07 are great moments. I wish Dano had gone out on a high note so I could remember his best moments, not his falling down and IR stints.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:05 PM

The hit on Pheunuf would be a penalty and suspension today...I appreciate all of CLeary's plays he has given us, and I am glad they found him as a UFA that year, but I also appreciate all of Maltby's plays, doesn't mean I want him playing when his days are obviously over.  So, I chose "other" because my favorite Cleary play will be when he no longer is a Detroit Red Wing and retires...hopefully this season when he fails to make the roster...


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:25 PM

 

Wasn't a shootout, though.  It was a big moment in a playoff series tied 2-2.  


 

I would have picked that if Cleary didn't screw up in the fight.  He had Pronger in a vulnerable position at one point, and totally whiffed from what I remember.  Any halfway decent fighter would have laid a guy out in the spot.  


 

It was actually Draper who scored right after that hit.  But yeah, it was awesome.  

 

To be fair, Pronger grabbed at his face and gouged his eye, putting Cleary on the shelf for some time.  ***** desperation move by Pronger in that fight, as Cleary was no doubt getting the better of him.



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:34 PM

 

To be fair, Pronger grabbed at his face and gouged his eye, putting Cleary on the shelf for some time.  ***** desperation move by Pronger in that fight, as Cleary was no doubt getting the better of him.

 

I wouldn't go that far.  Cleary never was a fighter.  If I'm not mistaken that fight is why Cleary's eyes always look so red.  


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:54 PM

 

I wouldn't go that far.  Cleary never was a fighter.  If I'm not mistaken that fight is why Cleary's eyes always look so red.  

 

Definitely agree Cleary was never a fighter, but he was definitely holding his own in that one until Pronger went for his eye. I'll never forget it because it pissed me off so damn much. 

 

It's kind of crazy how unlucky Cleary has been with injuries when you think about it. Eye gouging, getting his jaw broke by a slap shot from Samuelsson. That's just all before his knee issues. 



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:59 PM

For me, it hasn't happened yet.

 

The play where he walks to Holland's office and they retire together and live happily ever after in Newfoundland. 

 

 

Honestly though, no favorite moments but a few years ago I really appreciated his hustle and heart every shift. 


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 01:33 AM

It's tough to vote against the game 7 goal or standing up to Pronger but that hit on Dion made me leap from my couch. What a monster hit.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:21 AM

 

That will probably win, but I like to forget anything that happened in those playoffs.  

 

Cleary was awful in the 2008 playoffs, but the Wings won the Cup.  In 2009, he was brilliant and scored a lot, but the Wings lost and he missed that crucial breakaway at the end of game 6 against the Pens.  

 

2007 is a better memory, because the team vindicated itself after choking in the playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2006.  Losing to Anaheim on a deflection sucked, and I still feel we'd have won the Cup if not for that play, but overall, that playoff feels better.  Also likely because we won the Cup the following year.  2009 still stings because the Wings haven't won anything since then.

 

I voted for the Phaneuf hit for the same reasons as yours.  The 07 playoffs were a real coming out party for that team.  That hit helped define us a team that was able to compete and win in the playoffs and wouldn't be physically intimidated.


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:51 AM

Loved seeing Phluffy get rocked.

 

Yeah, that was a great hit. I wish he would do that more often.


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:10 AM

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 11:34 AM

I've always loved that goal against the Ducks. Maybe it's because I dislike them so much, but that goal made me far too happy at the time.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:43 PM

I liked when Hudler ran over him a couple years ago against the sharks in game 7.

really underlined how that game went... :(

It's hilarious that this is the only time I've seen Hudler throw a big hit and it was on his own player.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

Favorite Dan Cleary moment: '14-'15 season where he bounces back from injuries and the bench and scores 25 goals.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 05:58 PM

If Cleary scores 25 goals this year, I will buy a Cleary jersey, I will drive to Detroit for a Wings home game and I will hold up a sign that says the worst possible thing anyone on this site comes up with.


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 05:58 PM

Favorite Dan Cleary moment: '14-'15 season where he bounces back from injuries and the bench and scores 25 goals.


My favorite part of that season was 2 weeks in when Cleary was cleaning the ice with his knees and eventually got benched

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:10 PM

My favorite part of that season was 2 weeks in when Cleary was cleaning the ice with his knees and eventually got benched

 

Why would you hope he has a terrible season? Don't you think it would be better if he had a legit bounce back year and made the team better?



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:29 PM

 

Why would you hope he has a terrible season? Don't you think it would be better if he had a legit bounce back year and made the team better?

 

This is bad in the long run, as it will support Holland's terrible decisions to sign over the hill veterans. 

 

If Cleary does well, suddenly Holland looks like a genius again. 

 

The best thing we can really hope for at this point is for Holland's vet signings to play terribly so we can hope that he finally figures it out.

 

Sad, really.


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