Yesterday, my colleague Daniel Lavender speculated on what it would mean to Milwaukee, and notably popular Admirals forward Michael Liambas, if Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune cleared waivers. Today, as expected, Clune cleared waivers and was assigned to Milwaukee. Therefore, tonight against Iowa we will all find out the 25-year-old’s plans and Milwaukee/Nashville’s plans for him, and Liambas, going forward.
Clune took to Twitter soon after the news:
Bad times don’t last, but BAD GUYS do. -16
— Rich Clune (@richcluneshow) October 29, 2014
Clune’s spot in Nashville will be taken by forward Matt Cullen, who is returning from the IR. Clune, a Toronto native, and known NHL enforcer (166 PIMs last season with the Predators) becomes the latest light scoring, tough guy to clear through waivers into the American Hockey League. Thanks in part to boon in the use of advanced stats, many NHL teams seem inclined to move away from utilizing a classic low scoring enforcer (see Colton Orr) on their lower lines and instead employ third and fourth line checkers that can also fight if need be (see David Clarkson).
If this in fact Clune’s final go-around with Nashville, the popular winger will have dressed in 106 NHL games with the team, scoring seven goals and 16 points, along with collecting 279 PIMs.
If Clune does dress with the Admirals, this will be his third stint in the AHL after playing for the now extinct Iowa Stars (2007-2008) and formerly more colorful Manchester Monarchs (2008-2013). He also saw 14 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2009-2010.
So Roundtable . . . Are you excited to see Clune in Milwaukee? Along with a great Twitter handle, what can he bring to the Admirals?