Predators' Clune sends Caps' Wey a text message

Predators' Clune sends Caps' Wey a text message
April 2, 2014, 5:00 pm
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(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey has not taken the ice for Capitals since taking an uppercut to the chin by Nashville Predators enforcer Rich Clune in the first period of Sunday night’s 4-3 shootout loss in Nashville.

While Clune’s fight was his 32nd in 113 NHL games, it was the first NHL fight for Wey, who has fought only one other time in his career.

Clune, who has been criticized for taking advantage of Wey's inexperience and failing to stand up to Caps right wing Tom Wilson, told the Nashville Tennessean that he’s reached out to Wey to see how he’s feeling.

“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, who reportedly sent Wey a text message. "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."

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You can see for yourself who engaged who in the video of the fight, which was precipitated by Wey’s clean hit on Clune in the neutral zone.

"He stepped up on me," Clune said. "I didn't have the puck. He finished his check and kind of whacked my head off the boards. He was yelling at me and kind of signaled me. I took a half-step to get away and around him. He was pretty vocal and wanted me to turn around. We looked each other in the eye and agreed that we were going to fight, and went at it."

There is no timetable for when Wey will return to practice for the Caps.