I’ve got to be honest, this one doesn’t make much sense.
The Nashville Predators have claimed forward Richard Clune off waivers from the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
Clune has been playing with their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, for the past five seasons. His only NHL experience came during the stretch run in 2010 where he played in 14 games for LA and recorded just two points, both in the same game. He then skated in four playoff games for the Kings that year and had just a fighting major and a minus-2 rating to show for it.
Listed at 5’10″ and 216 pounds by the Monarchs, the Toronto, Ontario native was a third round draft pick of the Dallas Stars back in 2005. While a point-per-game player in his final two years of junior, he seems to have found a niche for his toughness rather than his offensive prowess since turning pro. Clune has back-to-back seasons with over 220 penalty minutes and his 253 PIMs last season were third in the entire AHL. Which leads us to ...