If we didn't have so many worthy guys in GR itching for a spot I'd be all for keeping Cleary around. The problem is that with his age and body I see him disappearing in an 82 game season and who knows if he would hold up until the playoffs. Guy is a warrior - make no mistake - but we would be better off long term by giving deserving kids the experience they need to develop and become players of value for this team. Cleary currently holds little value to other teams but if some of our prospects had a chance to shine in the nhl - their value would skyrocket and they could either stay or be used in a trade.
I want to see Tatar and Nyquist up for good. Id like to have a look at jarnkrok and pulks at some point in the season. Lashoff should replace Cola (amnesty) and Sammy should be amnestied too. Cleary needs to make way for some youngsters. Id be happy with that for now as it poises the team for some moves later on that could happen.
In that video you see mclellan asking the official not to make diving signals to embarrass his player - i say let EVERYONE see the shame. Maybe instead of a minor for diving we should see the next minor penalty negated instead so we dont see 40min of pp every night.
smith is just finding his feet. you can see his confidence grow with each game. he looked better towards the end of the ducks series when he scored his first goal of the season and has improved a bit each game since. he will be a great player for years to come once he settles in and learns when he should use his skill and when to just play it smart/simple.
Remember when we were all calling for Holland to buy low on Bogosian and then atlanta didn't trade him and it turned out he became a stud? The same could very well happen here.