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2 Minutes For: Cleary, Coyotes & Grant

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
  So much for the Red Wings being a tired team. And to think they’re doing it with Pavel Datsyuk scoring only one goal in 13 playoff games.


HI, MY NAME IS DAN

Every year a player captures your imagination during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and this year, the player is Dan Cleary.

Cleary, drafted 13th overall by the Blackhawks in the 1997 Entry Draft, was supposed to be a stud. But he floundered in Chicago – just 41 games over two seasons – before he was sent packing to Edmonton, where he spent four mediocre seasons. After spending the 2003-04 season in Phoenix, where he scored only six goals in 68 games, Cleary’s contract wasn’t renewed. His luck changed only after being invited to tryout for the Red Wings in 2005.

Now, 12 years later, everyone knows about the star-crossed, former first-round draft pick. All he’s done is score three goals in his last four games.

COYOTES ON HOLD

So the decision on the Coyotes will have to wait longer. The court has ordered mediation between the NHL and Jerry Moyes to determine who has control of the franchise.

This should go smoothly. The NHL claims Moyes gave up control in a proxy agreement. Moyes says he never gave up control. So both sides see eye-to-eye. What’s truly amazing is how many people are suddenly interested in buying the Coyotes. First it was Jim Balsillie. Then Jerry Reinsdorf.  Now it’s John Breslow, a current minority owner in the team.

By the way, does anyone really believe Hamilton, Ontario can support a team? I’m thinking Paducah, Kentucky. No brainer.

PASSING THOUGHTS:

How can you not be rooting for Miroslav Satan. After spending the end of the season in Wilkes-Barre of the American Hockey League (AHL), he’s been a big difference for the Penguins in the playoffs. By the way, Hurricanes forwards Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu are questionable for Game 2 Thursday against the Penguins.

Our best wishes to former Heat player Brian Grant, always a class act.

Pit Martin

Song of the Day: Hotel Yorba, by the White Stripes.

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