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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Wings Injury Update: Dan Cleary hopes his knee injury is in the past

By on 7/22/2014 03:00:00 PM

According to Mike Halford of NBC Sports, Detroit Red Wings right wing Dan Cleary had been hampered with a knee injury, forcing him to miss the last 22 games of the season, as well as the team's playoff campaign. However, Cleary has been working with trainer Mike Barwis to improve his situation. Cleary hopes that his knee will be healed enough to allow him to play this season, at the same strength he has in the past.

Cleary, 35, seems particularly motivated to "get healthy and play the way I know I can" for the upcoming season, with a one year $1.5 million contract. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock agrees that Cleary needs to improve his health, stating that he had been a "key component leadership-wise, forechecking-wise, heavy on the puck-wise" in the previous season.

Another motivating aspect for Cleary is Babcock's statement regarding Cleary's new contract extension: "If he's on one leg like he was last year, he can't play on our team. If he's on two legs he can help us win."

Cleary only managed a total of four goals and four assists in his 52 games this season, and an overall minus-11 rating.

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