Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 3/12/12
Dan Cleary had his knee drained for the fourth time yesterday.

The dude has issues.  I think someone recently noted how...not like himself Dan has been looking lately.  It's because he's basically been playing on one leg.  Where high profile guys like Lidstrom and Datsyuk are shelved due to injury - it's the depth guys that are asked to step up in the face of adversity.  And I doubt anyone is stepping up more through pain than our favorite Newfie, Danny Cleary.

"It's been sore. Is it getting better? I don't know. We'll see. It's been touch and go. It'll be fixed at the end of the year, let's put it that way." --Danny Cleary

Cleary has already taken a cortisone shot to the knee with little or no improvement.

Make the jump for more.

The balancing act of skipping practice to heal, yet maintaining the physical condition needed to play at an NHL level is nearly impossible.  But that is exactly the challenge that #11 has been facing as of late.  Off-season surgery seems inevitable...but Cleary is determined to fight through it for as long as it lasts.

"I'm trying to manage it the best I can here until we get to the playoffs, and then do what I can." --Danny Cleary

Coach Babcock is looking at Gustav Nyqvist as a possible replacement for Cleary as one of Detroit's "Black Aces" come play-off time.  Nyqvist leads the Grand Rapids Griffins with 20 goals and 55 points in 54 AHL games this season.



"He's been a dominant player as a rookie in the minors. Most teams would have that guy on their team already. We're going to go the other way. If he's ready, he'll show he's ready with his confidence in his puck play." --Mike Babcock

Nyqvist has been in seven games with the big club and has registered three assists.  Given the recent injury woes, it will be harder and harder for the Wings to hold him back much longer.  The seven games that he did play, he was with fellow young'ns on the fourth line.  I'd be interested to see what he could do with the third or even second line guys.

In the meantime, let's hope Danny Cleary keeps fighting the good fight and doesn't push himself to the point of permanent damage.  He may not be playing like the Dan Cleary of old - but you can't question his dedication to this team.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Indians reveal Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field

Report: Jerry West considered rejoining the Lakers before they hired Magic Johnson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The NHL is thinking about hosting an outdoor game in Nashville

Michael Vick in talks to retire with Falcons

Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning passes away at 85

Roger Goodell to speak at Rams event, tickets start at $550

Ohio State hails itself as the ‘fastest team in college football’

Get a look at Shia LeBeouf as John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe movie trailer

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker