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In Topic: Cleary NOT reporting to Grand Rapids

14 October 2015 - 04:12 AM

This is almost identical to how the wings approached Maltby's retirement, I don't remember the same animosity aimed at Maltby at that time.

In Topic: Cleary NOT reporting to Grand Rapids

09 October 2015 - 10:32 PM

This is what Maltby did a number of years ago.  Get a contract.  If it works out and he outplays the kids, then that's fine.  He deserves to be on the team.  If not, he retires and that's that.  Everyone was mad at Malts for hanging around until he retired.  Then everyone got some clarity and said, "Hey.  He was just giving it another shot." and all was well.
I don't blame Cleary or Holland.  In Holland's case, it was a win-win.  If Cleary REALLY outplayed the kids (as if) he's be icing the best team possible.  If Cleary didn't, then he'd either have a great guy in GR or he could let him go in peace.  In either case, giving the kids a little more competition never hurts, and they got the benefit of Cleary's teaching while he was there.  Remember that game when he and Larkin were on the bench after their shift?  Larkin was intent on what Cleary was explaining to him.  Since Cleary didn't play during the season, it didn't cost the Wings a dime.
In Cleary's case, it was a chance.  It was one more training camp.  One more pre-season.  One more time hearing the roar of the crowds and feeling the comradery in the locker room.  One last hurrah before skating off into the sunset.
I wish him well.  I will always remember him as the Guy Who Almost Lost an Eye Fighting Chris Elbowf***  Pronger.

This is exactly what Malts did, if I remember rightly it was because he neededa contract to come to camp. Any player that was with that team the season before needs a contract to attend, can't sign a PTO with them.

In Topic: Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

06 October 2015 - 12:03 AM

so....question is...Larkin comes in, continues his high end play from preseason...Pav and Helm return, who becomes a trade asset in order to keep Larkin here?

Surely the waiver wire is more likely?

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

04 October 2015 - 01:50 PM

What's the problem with him playing until those guys are back??

You think he's in the top 9 ahead of Datsyuk and Helm? Or would you cut someone else?

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

04 October 2015 - 01:14 PM

I'd honestly send Larkin down now. Rather that than send him down when Datsyuk and Helm
come off IR. needs to be playing consistently top 9 to make it worthwhile.