By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
Rich Clune didn’t make a huge impact in Los Angeles but he seems to be making some noise in Nashville. Since being claimed off waivers by the Predators prior to the start of the season, he has played in 8 of the Preds 9 games. While still only averaging a team low 5 1/2 minutes a game, he certainly is making his prescience known to the opposition with a team high 22 hits.
“I’m not going out and judging my game by whether I scored or not. My game is rated on how hard I work and how physical I am,” said Clune in this story by the Nashville City Paper.
Even though he scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday in a blowout against St. Louis, his main focus has to be playing the role of agitator. But still, if he can contribute offensively, he knows that is the ultimate way to agitate the opposition.
“I think this team needs me to be physical and be responsible in my own end and get the other team off their game. One of the best ways to get under another team’s skin is to put the puck in the net and kind of show you can do that.”
When it comes to true agitation though, fighting is par for the course in the NHL.
“There’s a time and a place for it (fighting). I think I have an understanding of when it needs to happen. Sometimes I’ll fight for no reason. Sometimes there will be a reason. … I look for it but I don’t worry about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
Fortunately for us, great “Clunatic” quotes happen more often than not!