Richard Clune set to be placed on waivers

The Rich Clune Show has been cancelled, seemingly before the pilot could finish its broadcast. According to reports, the 28-year-old bottom-six winger will be placed on waivers after just two games and seventeen minutes of ice time.

Clune was a -1 over the two games and took just a single shot. He wasn’t overly noticeable on the ice, although the team had a slight edge in attempted shots with his presence.

The Toronto native, who was brought in from the Marlies to bring a physical presence, didn’t deliver in the way that many expected him to. He didn’t drop the gloves, he only blocked a single shot (on paper), and one of his six hits proved to be especially risky and detrimental to the team.

Clune received a five-minute major penalty for that hit, and while the Leafs didn’t give up a goal as a result of it, it hampered their ability to respond to Pittsburgh’s ice-breaker a few minutes before. 

If Clune clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to the Toronto Marlies, with whom he has two goals and three assists in eight games. Clune spent most of his time flanking a line with Frederik Gauthier and Nikita Soshnikov. 

The move also gives the Leafs some breathing room as Scott Harrington nears his return and Frank Corrado rejoins the team; a decision eventually needs to be made on defence, but for now, waiving Clune buys time.

  • Gary Empey

    Guys look on the positive side as Clune gave the sanctimonious Toronto media three days of fish wrappings to write about.

    Sadly as I’ve pointed out the next few years are going to be like reading unviversity English 101 requirement Samuel Beckett’s novel Waiting For Godot.

    One hopes and prays and wishes that there will indeed be light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Gary Empey

      Gary as I was watching the Raptors prove that even a non playoff joke team like Orlando will beat you if you stay out in an Orlando bar till 4:00 a.m. I had a discussion with a Toronto sports fan who reminded me that it was only a few years ago that the leafs and Habs played their final game against each other with the two teams one point apart. My goodness how far have the leafs sunk into the bottomless pit while the Habs are now a contender for the cup.

      Proper ownership, management and drafting. How do you not draft Subban in the second round. Oh I’m sorry the leaf management traded off as usual their second round pick.