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Predators keep F Rich Clune, signing him to 2-year, $1.7 million extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed forward Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract, extending his deal through the 2015-16 season.

General manager David Poile announced the deal Wednesday. Clune will make $850,000 in 2014-15 and 2015-16

Clune, 26, had nine points in 47 games this season and ranked fourth in the NHL with 113 penalty minutes, the first Predator to top the 100-minute mark in four seasons. The Toronto native ranked sixth in the NHL with 159 hits and tied for second with 13 major penalties.

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Nashville originally claimed Clune off waivers Jan. 13, and the 5-foot-9, 220-pound left wing has 11 points and 139 penalty minutes in 61 career NHL games.