October 8, 2009 1:42 pm

Clune update

As posted earlier, Rich Clune participated in practice today for the first time since he suffered a pulled groin late in the preseason. Clune didn’t seem restricted in any drills, and stayed on the ice for post-practice work with healthy scratch Trevor Lewis and coaches Mark Hardy and Jamie Kompon. Here’s what Murray said about Clune’s status…

MURRAY: “His progress is a lot faster than I thought it would be. It’s been two weeks. He’s been skating and he looks like he’s pretty comfortable out there. I know in the off-ice workouts, the last couple days, he’s been doing a lot of quick-reaction drills, really putting it to the test, and he seems like he’s feeling good. It looks like it’s completely healed, so it’s a matter of getting his feet going and we’ll see where that goes. I’m a little surprised that it healed that fast. Some players do heal quicker than others, and he’s one of those I guess.”

Asked if Clune would go on the upcoming six-game road trip, Murray said, “I don’t know that right now. I’ll have to sit down with management and talk this one over. This one kind of surprised me, that he’s as quick as he is in his recovery.”

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