Rich Clune – ‘I don’t have anything to prove to the Kings’

Let’s not over-hype the situation. We’re not going to call Rich Clune playing at Staples Center last night his ‘triumphant return’ or label it anything more than it was. The gritty forward, loved by fans and teammates in Manchester, was claimed by Nashville a few weeks ago and has been given another shot at the NHL. And he’s working hard to stay there, just look at his stat line vs. the Kings on Thursday – with only 5:48 of ice time he managed five hits, tops on the Predators.

After the game, we caught up for a quick chat. Here’s what Clune had to say…

– On being back at Staples Center, where he made his NHL debut: “It was cool. It’s definitely different being on the other side of things. It was fun though. The first two periods were pretty painful with all the penalties. Obviously I’m not a special teams guy, so I did a lot of watching there. But the third period was better for both teams. It got going and got into a bit of a rhythm. So, it was nice to get out there and obviously we needed a big win, it was huge. The boys stepped up and scored in the shootout and Pekks shut the door.”

– On any pre-game nerves: “I wasn’t real nervous. I don’t have anything to prove to the Kings. There’s no bad blood there. Things with the Kings didn’t work out and I got picked up on waivers. So, it was good.”

– On if he saw former teammate Jake Muzzin on the ice: “I think so, yeah. I think I tried to hit him and I missed him in the first period. But, he was good and he had a lot of power play time.”

– On yapping with Colin Fraser around the goal crease during a stoppage in play: “I think that was my only shift in the second period. Maybe I was just trying to get my brain going and get into it a bit.”

Before the game we posted some additional thoughts with Clune, where he gave a heartfelt thanks to the Kings for their support during his career. Check it out here.

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

FREE REPLAY: Tonge Talks Kings-Canucks Trade, Nic Dowd on TSN Radio

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of Andy Tonge on TSN 1040, where he broke down the Kings-Canucks trade – including a detailed look at Nic Dowd.
The segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor iTunes page located here.

FREE REPLAY: Hoven Talks Doughty Contract, Blake as GM, and Quick’s Workload on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s 2 Man Advantage on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jonathan Davis to talk about Drew Doughty’s contract situation, Rob Blake as the LA Kings General Manager, Jonathan Quick’s workload this season, the return of Marian Gaborik, Adrian Kempe, the Vegas Golden Knights, and more.
The […]

FREE REPLAY: Hoven Talks Kings Good, Bad, Ugly (and Trade Rumor) on NHL Network Radio

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio from earlier today, where he joined hosts Dave Pagnotta and Dennis Bernstein to talk about the Los Angeles Kings first few months of the 2017-18 season – what’s working, what still needs to be changed, GM Rob Blake, coach John Stevens, what they […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it's time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot? As we finish off this multi-part series, we'll begin with a thank you … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Go get em, Dickie! Miss you in Manchester but this is great for you. Tear it up.

Trackbacks

  1. […] On playing against former Monarchs teammate Rich Clune last night: “It was the first time I’ve ever played against him. He plays with a lot of […]

  2. […] in LA.  After their 2-1 shootout victory that night, Preds’ forward Rich Clune said he had nothing to prove to the Kings, his former club.  However, he was only on the ice for a few shifts in that game and didn’t […]

  3. […] Former teammate Rich Clune, who’s now with the Nashville […]

  4. […] to put several players there after the new CBA was ratified (of course, they lost Thomas Hickey and Rich Clune at the […]

  5. […] stories he shares include – Jonathan Bernier, Dustin Brown, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Cammalleri, Rich Clune, Thomas Hickey, Andrei Loktionov, George Parros, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey, Kevin […]