LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired left wing Richard Clune
from Dallas in exchange for right wing Lauri Tukonen, it was announced Monday by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
Clune, 21, was selected by Dallas in the third round (71st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 38 games with the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season and recorded eight points (3-5=8) while finishing second on the club with 137 penalty minutes. Clune, a 6-0, 195-pound native of Toronto, also skated in 19 games with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads this past season and registered 10 points (1-9=10) and 41 penalty minutes.
Clune finished third on his team in goals (32), assists (46) and points (78) and led his club in penalty minutes (151) while skating with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Barrie Colts during the 2006-07 season. He also led the Colts in postseason scoring with seven points (3-4=7) and eight penalty minutes in eight playoff games that year. In addition, Clune appeared in one game with the Iowa Stars that same season, recording two penalty minutes.
Tukonen, 21, recorded 35 points (9-26=35) and 24 penalty minutes in 62 games this past season with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL). The 6-2, 198-pound native of Hyvinkaa, Finland also went scoreless in one game with the Kings and in two playoffs games with the Monarchs this past season. Originally selected by the Kings in the first round (11th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Tukonen has appeared in five career NHL games – all with the Kings.