Put out an APB for Cleary
By any reasoning, I should be doing just fine in fantasy hockey these playoffs. I picked the Red Wings to romp to the finals, and they did (they'll beat the Rangers, right?) and I managed to draft two key components of the team that finished first in the NHL this season.
Unfortunately, they are Dan Cleary and Dominik Hasek.
The Dominator, well, there was always that possibility he'd fail me. There aren't all that many 43-year-old goaltenders with Gumby groins on the Cup, and he'd been wildly inconsistent all year.
It was a gamble. I lost.
But Cleary? Heck, he'd had a breakout season this year, scoring 20 goals for the second year in a row and notching 42 points in 63 games. He signed a big contract and was set for top two line minutes on a pretty strong offensive team.
Mr. Cleary has two points in 16 games so far in these playoffs. I would have been better off with $50 swirling down the toilet bowl.
(At least the throne doesn't ridicule you when it takes your money.)
Next to Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, who have 21 and 19 points so far, Cleary is tops in ice time among Detroit forwards with more than 17 minutes played a game. I would have been better off, however, picking Niklas Kronwall (12 points), Valtteri Filppula (seven points), Dallas Drake or Kris Draper (four points).
Gary Roberts has more points, and he's played only six games. Snipers Loui Eriksson, Scottie Upshall, Max Talbot, Braydon Coburn, Patrice Brisebois, Craig Rivet, Michal Rozsival Ruslan Salei, David Krejci, Jeremy Roenick, Tyler Arnason and Mattias Norstrom all have more than twice as many points — in fewer games played — than Dan Cleary.
That, friends, makes no sense.
And it's not as if he hasn't had any chances, as Cleary sits 22nd in playoff shots on goal with 38. His shooting percentage was 11.3 in the regular season. It's 2.6 in the postseason, last among players with 31 shots or more.
At least he's been good defensively. Yay.
"For me personally, I definitely have to go out and do more," Cleary said. "But don't put too much pressure on yourself, because you tighten up a little bit."
It's too late for my pool team, but Detroit will need more out of his 17 minutes in the finals.
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