Review of Clune

Rich Clune made his NHL debut Thursday night, and most likely earned a chance to stay around. Clune played 11 minutes, 9 seconds, had one shot on goal and moved up to the third line after Scott Parse struggled. Most importantly for Clune, he drew one penalty and didn’t take one. Here’s what Terry Murray said today about Clune…

MURRAY: “I liked him. His first game in the National Hockey League. He brings energy, he brings enthusiasm, he brought some physical play, some grit. He gets around the ice very well. He’s a good skater, and he showed some good poise there in pressure situations, to make some plays.”

Murray was also asked whether Clune might have played a bit “conservative” in terms of Clune’s reputation as an agitator…

MURRAY: “Absolutely, and I had a meeting with him about that, yesterday when he got here. It was (about) the importance of games, points. We can’t be reckless out there. You’ve got to have a purpose to your game and play the right way, hard, gritty. We just don’t want to hand out power plays to the opponent.”

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