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01-22-2013, 10:52 PM
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Well, I know that. And so does Babs. But Cleary has been a solid role player on a cup winning NHL team. That's what I meant. Babs will obviously throw him out there if he is trying to get back into a game over a rookie.
That's the other problem. Babcock's view of players are clouded by who they used to be. Cleary's not as effective as he was 2-3 years ago. Same with Samuelsson. Same with Bertuzzi. These guys are in their 30's and their bodies have a ton of wear on them, and it is really showing.

There are young guys who are hungry and talented and are dying for a chance to play on the Wings. Guys who will be the future, unless their lack of playing time causes them to jump ship.

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