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In Topic: Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

18 July 2014 - 11:51 AM

Didn't see this posted.



Daniel Cleary motivated by Red Wings fans' disapproval of his return

Detroit — Daniel Cleary doesn’t live on social media.

And that might be a good thing.

Since last week, social media have been ablaze with fans dumbfounded by the Red Wings re-signing the forward to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million (with the potential for $1 million in bonuses).

“That’s just the way it is these days,” Cleary said. “There are going to be opinions on everything. You can’t let it affect you, and I don’t.

“People are going to say whatever they want, and especially about pro sports. You can’t let it get to you.”

Cleary doesn’t.

But don’t think for a second it doesn’t add a bit more fuel to Cleary’s offseason workouts as he hopes to rebound from a disappointing season (eight points, four goals, 52 games) cut short by a knee injury.

“You want to prove people wrong,” said Cleary, who is working with Plymouth-based trainer Mike Barwis. “My main objective is get healthy and play the way I know I can. Last year was a tough year.”

Cleary was an unsigned free agent as teams headed to training camp last season. But as camps began, he had an offer from the Panthers and a tryout with the Flyers, who also were pitching a three-year deal worth $8.25 million.

But nothing felt as right.

“I’m a Red Wing, and I wanted to be part of this organization,” Cleary said.

So, Cleary flew to Traverse City and met with general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock, and agreed to a deal.

And there was a promise by the Red Wings the sides would work something out this summer, too.

“He’s a player the coaches and his teammates like, and wanted him back,” Holland said. “He’s one of the leaders.”

So, Holland is living up to his end of the deal. But he also believes Cleary can rebound and be the versatile, productive player he had been.

“Dan had a tough season,” Holland said. “But he’s working hard, and we’re hopeful he’ll bounce back.”

Cleary was thankful for the opportunity to return — this will be his 10th season with the Red Wings — and an opportunity at a “bounce-back” year, a term Cleary uses often.

He also understands a spot in lineup isn’t a given. He essentially could be the 14th forward on a roster to start the season.

“But that’s always the way it is, there’s always competition,” Cleary said.

“Mike has always been consistent about that, about using who is playing well. Nothing will change.”

In Topic: Hockey News: Detroit has the easiest schedule

18 July 2014 - 11:49 AM

Some good news for once.

In Topic: Callahan and Nestrasil re-signed

17 July 2014 - 06:00 PM

I don't really know where Callahan will play? Our roster is pretty full.

In Topic: Babcock Interview on 105.1 this morning

17 July 2014 - 04:00 PM

This makes my heart soar, and then I hear the theme from Reading Rainbow, then I feel like I have to go potty. What does this mean, mommy?


Oh god, I remember having to watch those videos in grade 2. :paperbag3:

In Topic: Babcock Interview on 105.1 this morning

17 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

Brad Galli ‏@BradGalli 19 min
Babcock said on 105.1 he and Holland are both on vacation right now. They're not talking contract, but he's confident it'll get done.


Brad Galli @BradGalli · 31 min
Mike Babcock on 105.1: "Did we target guys? Yes. Did they come,? No... But no bad contracts." #RedWings

Brad Galli @BradGalli · 29 min
Mike Babcock told Ryan and Rico on 105.1 Henrik Zetterberg feels as good as he has since 2008.

Brad Galli @BradGalli · 27 min
Babcock talking on 105.1: "Last year he brought nothing." Called his contract "great" for cap. Said he is working with trainer Mike Barwis.

Brad Galli @BradGalli · 25 min
Babcock on 105.1: "If you don't want to be coached, don't come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best, come here."