You don't win in the playoffs without guys like cleary. Cleary staying is good. There is no room for him in the top six, so he could play in the bottom six and be an effective player.
He wasn't helping the team get INTO the playoffs at all, which they almost missed, if you forgot about that?
He did turn it on in the playoffs, but up until then? That was painful to watch... He was seriously dragging the team down at points in the season