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After bringing Cleary into training camp through a PTO contract, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer (via NHL.com) that he is "a glue guy and he can play in all situations."
This could not be more true. The determination, grit and heart that Cleary showed in his shifts with the Red Wings were often unmatched by any other Red Wing on the ice.
Cleary played hurt, and sometimes seemed to play better when he was, with this past playoff season a prime example.
The 34-year-old Newfoundland native has earned respect in the locker rooms that he has played in. Though the Red Wings are bringing in veteran forwards in Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson, it will take a while for the remaining Red Wings players to have the same amount of respect for them as they had for Cleary.
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