The Nashville Predators on Wednesday announced the signing of 26-year-old forward Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension. The deal covers the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
Clune had four goals, nine points, and 113 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Predators last season.
Originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the third round (No.71) of the 2005 NHL draft, the 5-foot-10, 207-pound forward has 11 points and 139 penalty minutes in 61 career NHL games with Nashville and the Los Angeles Kings. The Predators claimed Clune on waivers on January 15, 2013.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres