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01-26-2013, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
Cleary has had a lot of trouble over the past couple of years with ripped groin muscles, and trying to play through it. Maybe he's at a point where you just can't patch it up any longer.

Not sure about the knees, but yeah, he has heart and is a true warrior, but maybe his body just can't do it any longer. He played a very physically grueling style of game, and he probably wasn't built for it. He could still be useful as a PK/shutdown type of guy, primarily a defensive forward as opposed to trying to use him offensively.

Don't forget that Sammy is still in waiting in the wings too. There's a bit of a logjam right now.
Ideally for next season the best thing to do would be to buyout one of Samuelsson or Bertuzzi (probably Samuelsson since he costs more). Cleary can't be re-signed, he's been an amazing story since getting signed here but his days of usefulness are long gone. The logjam needs to be released and that will probably have to be at the expense of good plugs like Miller and busts like Emmerton.

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