The biggest news of the second day of on-ice drills at Nashville Predators training camp was the addition of forward Richard Clune, who was claimed off waivers Tuesday morning from Los Angeles.
“This is a player we had written down as a forward if he came available we’d be very interested in,” Predators GM David Poile said of the waiver claim. “[Clune] is an energy type of player, a little bit like Jordin Tootoo. I think he brings that type of element to the team … He will engage in fisticuffs if necessary and he’s a really good team player.”
Poile mentioned that Clune will be in Nashville in time for Wednesday’s practice with the Predators.
Clune, 25, is in the first year of a two-year, two-way contract. He was a third-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2005 and has 14 games of NHL experience, all with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2009-10 season. He has two career assists and 26 penalties in minutes in those 14 games.
In 35 games this season with the Manchester Monarchs, Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate, Clune has seven points and 98 PIM.
“He’s a feisty guy,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz added. “Pound for pound he’s a real tough kid and hard to play against.”
Clune and Tootoo engaged in this fight in 2010: