Frozen Fury 2010 – Clune post-skate comments

Earlier I posted some comments from Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar about tonight’s Frozen Fury game.

Below are some exclusive comments from Richard Clune – talking quite a bit about possible linemates this season and his relationship with Kevin Westgarth.

MM: There is a real battle going on for the final few roster spots. You’ll be playing on the fourth line tonight with Lewis and Westgarth. How do you feel heading into your second Frozen Fury?

RC: I’m loose. my mind is clear. There is nothing you can do about competition, it’s good. It shows the organization is probably at a place where they want to be, as far as depth. It’s going to bring the best out in me. I have nothing to worry about. I did all I could do this summer. I’ve prepared well and I’ve had good practices in camp. I don’t have any pressure on me. I just have to go out and play loose, be myself on the ice. Whatever happens, happens.

Not taking anything away from the five or six guys that could possibly end up on the fourth line this year – but, in a perfect scenario, who do you think would be the best two guys for you to play with?

I think you’ll see a different combination of guys, especially early in the year.  I love playing with Westie though.  He’s a heart and soul guy.  He’ll stick up for anybody.  Especially with the way I play, sometimes I get heavyweights coming after me.  I’ll fight those guys, but the outcome isn’t going to be very pretty.  Brad Richardson is going to get a second line role right now.  Brayden Schenn…Kyle Clifford – I love the way Kyle plays.  It would be nice to play with him out there.  We’re pretty like minded, get in there and cause some trouble.  Trevor Lewis is a great player, really fast, skates well.  Loktionov is about as skilled of a guy as we have here.  I did everything I could this summer to elevate myself to their level.  I don’t want to be left behind.  I’m an energy player and I’ve got to be the most energized guy out there.  I think I’ve set myself up for that.

Last year you played with Ivanans a bit.  You mentioned how much you enjoy playing with Westgarth though.  Will he bring a different energy level to the game tonight?

Raitis was an unbelievable guy.  He was a great to me, we got along very well.  When you watched him in practice, he has some skill.  He can skate, he could shoot.  Westie is…well, he’s Westie.  He’s got a big heart.  He’s enthusiastic about life and it shows in his game.  He’s a loud, vocal guy.  He’s had my back since I played with him in Manchester.  He’s been a great friend to me and it’s fun playing with him.  He has some good hands too – he’s put some points up in the minors.  He can make a play.  He’s a hockey player and then a fighter.  We bump heads sometimes, push each other’s buttons.  But, we always have fun.

More comments coming soon (from Jack Johnson, etc.). 

[update: links to comments from Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty]

In the meantime, check out the photos and notes I posted on twitter.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Have you taken the Frozen Fury Trivia Challenge yet?
.

Recent Articles

Kings Ducks Pearson Playoffs

Talking Kings, Ducks, and Expansion on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL Here is a free replay of the “The Mayor” John Hoven talking hockey today on Top Shelf with Jimmy Murphy. During the spot on NHL Network Radio, they discussed the Kings-Ducks rivalry, possible expansion in the NHL, Drew Doughty, Cam Fowler, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Stanley Cup, and much more. Give it a [...]

NHL Network Radio

AUDIO: Full 1-hour Kings Preview Show on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL Buckle up! We have a full 1-hour preview of the upcoming LA Kings season for you. “The Mayor” John Hoven joined Boomer Gordon on NHL Network Radio for the first portion of the discussion, where they talked about Anze Kopitar’s new contract, Marian Gaborik’s decision to stay with the team, the salary cap, [...]

fathead banner

CONTEST: Win an LA Kings Stanley Cup Fathead

Summer can be painful for hockey fans, so MayorsManor is here to help you out. Thanks to our relationship with Fathead over the past few years, we’ve given away quite a few of their NHL products – via our show West Coast Bias on NHL Network Radio, as well as here on the website. Did [...]

Major News Items

Manchester Monarchs MayorsManor Kings by Blake Gumprecht

MAJOR NEWS: Kings Preparing To Move Top Prospects To SoCal

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com Follow @mayorNHL In a story that MayorsManor has been chasing for the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News