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Clune ‘reached out’ to Wey after KO

Apr 2, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

Following a vicious knockout of Washington’s Patrick Wey during Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win, Preds tough guy Rich Clune discussed the series of events that led to the fight — and the aftermath.

“I reached out to the kid on Washington just to express the fact that I hope he’s OK and it wasn’t my intention to hurt him,” said Clune, per the Tennessean. “He was the one kind of engaging me, and I had no idea who he was. I don’t even look at the other team’s roster before the game.

“I just see the names they write on the board. The kid said he was OK.”

Here’s the fight:

Clune’s response came after Washington voiced displeasure with how the scrap went down. Head coach Adam Oates and forward Troy Brouwer both remarked that Clune shouldn’t have gone after a fighter as inexperienced as Wey — he had one prior career tilt, back in his junior days — and Tom Wilson was upset Clune didn’t engage him in a subsequent fight.

Clune said he didn’t want to fight Wilson because the Preds had a lead and he didn’t want to risk taking a penalty, but understands why Wilson, Oates and Brouwer reacted they way they did.

“I can understand the Washington organization and the Washington fans being mad, but there’s not much more I can say other than we’ll see each other at another date,” Clune said. “Patrick is going to bounce back.”


  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Can’t really be mad when Wey was the one instigating it. It’s just like the Beagle situation. He was running around being reckless and agreed to fight Asham.

    Hopefully Wey is alright.

  2. davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Clune is a clown, given his role it’s hard to fault him for engaging a guy who wanted to go (or for not going with Tom Wilson who has 6″ on him) but I’ll never think of him without recalling his antics in the 2010 Kings/Canucks first round playoff series.

    Particularly this:

    RIP Ryp..

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Wey had 4 inches on him, as it was. Can’t fault him for any of it, really…so what, he fights Wilson, to appease the “ok you fought him but NOW you have to fight this bigger guy” morons, and what, next year they trade for a bigger thug? I’m all for ending that complete BS. Not really for stiffer penalties for fighting, because I enjoy watching them, but I’m all for removing class A idiots like Milbury from the booth, and doing more to remove the stupidity of the support. Like when someone hits someone clean and 1,000 beer-bellied fans start crying that now they have to fight someone else on the roster who has limited skill and is only in the league because they fight.

      Whew! sorry about that…that was a ridiculous rant.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      I’d fault Clune for that last punch. Wey’s hands were stuck in his jersey. No reason for that lost one.

      Rypien was ten times the player.

    • flyersfan85 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM


      I don’t understand how you call him a clown then support what he does.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        Clune is a clown although this particular series of events is somewhat understandable. Better?

  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    I shot him with a twelve gauge shotgun but I didn’t mean to kill him

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      ask dick cheney about that one…

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        “I thought he was a quail.”

  4. killhowe - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Tom Wilson is pretty intimidating for a rookie. You can tell he wants to stand up for his teammate on this one. Hope he can turn into a Lucic-esque player for Washington.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      lol…thats what gmgm is/was hoping too. pretty high draft pick spent on wilson who basically just fights and plays 7 mins a game… especially considering the guy he’s supposed to hopefully turn into wasnt even drafted that high.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Isn’t Wilson 19? The kid definitely has the potential to be a real solid power forward that can score as well in addition to his size, grit, toughness and character, that’s why he was picked in the 1st round, give him time, lucic and Simmonds took awhile before they got going in the NHL level

  5. flyersfan85 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    I guess I am missing the issue.. but I didn’t watch the game.. have to go with commentary and video here and that might be deceiving.

    First impressions. Clune is contacting the opposite organization. That doesn’t happen too often. Then after looking at the video all i see is Wey pushing both hands into Clune’s shoulders/head and into the boards. Seems kinda $hitty to me. Was Clune chirping.. good for him to get under the young guys skin and try to draw a roughing penalty. I mean we are talking hockey right..that is still part of the game as a fighter/agitator. So Wey didn’t know who Clune was.. or was HE trying to draw a penalty.

    Whatever. Wey/Clune fought..Wey lost. Clune didn’t want to fight for a legit reason (this close to the Playoffs) and then apologized.

    Therefore, I don’t see the issue.. anyone at the game that knows the deal.. feel free to school me.

  6. Idaslapter - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Clune is a class guy.

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