Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we have been providing 2012-13 previews for each player. We conclude today with Richard Clune…
Richard Clune spent the entirety of the 2011-12 season with Manchester, Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate. He had 15 points in 56 games and recorded a career-high 253 penalties in minutes. In four Calder Cup playoff games, he had zero points and 14 PIM.
In the offseason, Clune signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Kings, worth a total of $1.05 million at the NHL level.
Clune had played the whole season in Manchester, recording seven points and 95 PIM in 35 games, before being placed on waivers by the Kings. He was scooped up by the Predators on Jan. 15.
Clune will begin the 2012-13 NHL season on the Predators’ roster. The team likes his energy and, in that case, believes he can be a replacement for Jordin Tootoo. Since he played all season in the AHL, Clune is in game shape and could be used early in the season as a depth piece. Will the chip on his shoulder keep him in the NHL all season? We’ll see.