Cleary out to make most of precious chance by Wings

Updated: January 14, 2007, 3:14 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- The history of the NHL is rife with stories of talented players who, propelled by unfulfilled expectation and shattered confidence or a lack of desire or commitment, plunge headlong into the void. Poof. Gone without a trace.

Daniel Cleary came to that edge. Put his skate blade over, even. And stepped back.

Talk to Cleary in the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room and it's not so much the words he uses to describe the experience but the look on his face that tell this story ...

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