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#2428135 Wings Attempting to Re-sign Cleary

Posted by FedorovFan5 on 06 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

I like Cleary but it's time to make a change.  This team struggled mightily at times last year and Cleary's play has been declining for 2 years straight now.  He's doesn't have the wheels/endurance to play the type of offense this team wants to play.  I can't count the number of times i saw the Wings break out last year with Cleary not able to join the rush, or how many times Cleary hit the blue line and just dumped in b/c he didn't have the speed to beat defenders or the size/strength to overpower them.  His best play came in front of the net on power plays, but he wasn't great at it (not like Holmstrom) and not worth the contract being mentioned.  Great grit player, great locker room guy, etc but not a $2.5M player in a salary cap era. 

#2322600 Your thoughts on Sergei Fedorov

Posted by FedorovFan5 on 28 July 2012 - 01:29 AM

Fedorov was the biggest reason i became a Red Wings fan. I really didn't know much about Hockey growing up in PA....we didn't have hockey in our schools and there was only 1 rink with an hour of me that i knew about.....and i didn't quite understand the rules much. But when i started watching it on TV as a teenager and saw this team of incredible skaters cycling around and controlling the puck, i thought it was pretty cool. At the center of that was Fedorov....this amazing, fast skater who glided around the rink like no other. Add to that Stevie Y, The Joe and Hockeytown and i was sold on being a Wings fan. Been hooked ever since.

Fedorov was the best in his era. It's unfortunate that he left b/c his career and legacy suffered tremendously.