There is yet another member of the 2014-15 Milwaukee Admirals roster on the move to a new destination. Rich Clune has just signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.
Press Release via Toronto Marlies:
The Toronto Marlies announced today they have signed forward Richard Clune to an AHL contract, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Clune, 28, skated in 62 games last season with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) recording 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 62 games. The Toronto native was also held pointless in one appearance with the Nashville Predators last season. Clune has skated in 120 NHL games, recording 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) along with 305 penalty minutes as a member of the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings.
Originally selected by the Dallas Stars in the third round (71st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Clune will be attending training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs opening September 17th.
It didn’t take too long for Clune to become a big hit with Admirals fans. Whether it was a fight, a goal, or an interview segment he was always a blast to kick back and watch. After clearing waivers from the Nashville Predators he suited up for 62 games with the Admirals and scored 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) with 181 penalty minutes (17 fights) and had an even plus/minus rating.
If you haven’t read Clune’s article titled The Battle on The Players’ Tribune I highly recommend it. His story coming up through the ranks of hockey while battling addiction and getting sober is a great one. While I’m sure lots of Predators and Admirals fans will miss seeing him on the ice what I like about this move to the Marlies for him will be his opportunity to play in his native Toronto in front of family and friends. That’s always pretty special. Plus, he’ll connect back with Brendan Leipsic where I’m sure their chirping will drive plenty of teams crazy this season.
“It’s not easy being Dicky sometimes.”