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02-15-2013, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Heinz84 View Post
Things are obviously not going well for Cleary at the moment. So why the heck does he get so much ice time and gets to play with Datsyuk and Zetterberg all the time?

He didnt get that much ice time when he was 20 goal scorer and propably one of our best players years ago. But now he is playing in every situation. He skates hard all the time, but is always this tick of a second late when it comes to scoring chances.

Im not a fan of shouting "Tade him!", as soon as a player is on a long lasting tough streak. He will eventually be a valuable player, especially comes playoff time. But right now his play is costing us valuable points. So put him on an energy line with Emmerton and Tootoo or Andersson and Eaves and let Tatar play with Datsyuk or Zetterberg. Its evidently pointless to try forcing something out of Cleary. Let him skate hard on one of the bottom lines and get his act togeather there.
Why? Why will he eventually be a valuable player again?

There comes a point when a player literally will not ever be valuable again.

Dan Cleary isn't in his mid 20s and he isn't a career superstar. Hes an aging, supplemental player who has played a grinding style of hockey for the past 8 years. This isn't a fluke or a cold streak or a case of being snake-bitten - this is the declining career of a player with ever-depreciating value.

Dan Cleary is the new Kirk Maltby.

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