Friday, December 29, 2006


What's up with Daniel Cleary?

Apparently, his scoring.

For many years, Daniel Clearly always represented the height of 'laziness' to me. He never seem to 'bring it' very often, and loafed around so much that even Todd Bertuzzi would be shaking his head in disbelief. For all of his promise, Cleary was clearly a 'useless' player for much of his career.

All of a sudden, Cleary started scoring more, playing harder, and turned into a useful player. This wouldn't be the first time that the Detroit Red Wings have turned trash into treasure. It just goes to show what good coaching and development can do for a club. *grumble*

Just check out the career stats...

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
97-98 CHI 6 0 0 0 -2 0
98-99 CHI 35 4 5 9 -1 24
99-00 EDM 17 3 2 5 -1 8
00-01 EDM 81 14 21 35 5 37
01-02 EDM 65 10 19 29 -1 51
02-03 EDM 57 4 13 17 5 31
03-04 PHO 68 6 11 17 -8 42
05-06 DET 77 3 12 15 5 40
06-07 DET 37 17 11 28 12 8
Career 443 61 94 155 14 241

Yeah, one of these things is not like the other...

Then, I happened upon this article by Pierre LeBrun. It seems Cleary has finally whipped his ass into gear and taken his work ethic to a different level.
Look no further than Hockeytown for one of the coolest stories in the NHL this season.

Daniel Cleary has a career-high 17 goals and it's not even January yet. "If feels good," the Detroit Red Wings forward said over the phone Friday. That might sound like a cliche from almost any other player but it speaks volumes coming from Cleary. After a decade full of trials and tribulations, it appears he's finally showing the form that was expected of him long ago.

"I've matured as a person and as a player, that's the first thing," said the 28-year-old native of Carbonear, Nfld. "I've dedicated myself to hockey. I've become a lot more determined.

"The last few years, I've really started concentrating on making this a 12-month job and training hard in the off-season and preparing myself."
Now, if only JAN BULIS could start emulating Cleary and turn himself into a useful scorer, the Canucks might make the playoffs.

It just goes to show that leopards can sometimes change their spots. It'll be interesting to see if Cleary can maintain this new-found production.

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Is "training hard in the off-season and preparing myself" code for "off the sauce"?
I thought you would be happy that I posted a comment seeing that no one has paid any attention to your blog for the last three posts. ) comments down the board and now I see erase any comments that you do not agree with. Your an idiot.
Dear "ANONYMOUS": your comments are hard to give a crap about when you hide behind "ANONYMOUS" instead of backing up the rude, snarky commentary with an identity.

That being said, I think Golbez has one huge personality flaw -- his dislike of Swedes. (And Bulis. Quit giving Bulis a hard time -- he's looking pretty good lately, for chrissakes!) :)
Holiday season. Comments are down everywhere.

Cleary needed to grow up. I saw some comments from earlier this week, and he admitted that when he came into the league he didn't think it would be easy, exactly, but easiER than it turned out to be. He figured that since he scored a ton before, he wouldn't have a problem adjusting. Some guys never realize what they need to do to stick.

Not having a job after the lockout and having a no-strings-attached tryout with Detroit really focused him, and he worked his behind off to earn a job and had the maturity to realize he also had to work his behind off to keep it. Took him four teams to get it, but he gets it now.
or.... danny had a 3 game goal streak after his typical 15 game scoreless streak to start the season and the wins immediately snapped intop action, doubled his ice time, slapped on the power play occasionally, and improved his linemates.

wow scoring is up!!
With all due respect to Dan Cleary, pucks are going in off his a**, he's getting credit for goals after the game ends, everything is going right for him. Any time now, the carriage will turn back into a pumpkin, and he'll go back to being a 4th-liner.
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