by Helene St. James
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
Cleary was feeling optimistic after his best practice since he hit the ice again. “Babs asks me every day,” he said about his progress. “Today was definitely the first day it’s felt less pain. I was able to have more movement, and I was able to skate a little better.” Asked what he can and can’t do, Cleary said, “It hurts to stop and to shoot and to turn.” When it was pointed out to him that that pretty much covers it all, Cleary laughed and nodded. “Pretty much everything I have to do,” he said. “But that pain, I’m hoping, is going to go away gradually.” Cleary said he’ll stick around the area and skate during the All-Star break, which is Thursday-Sunday."