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  • James Neal in Nashville: Happy, dumb and dumber

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago

    NASHVILLE – When Predators forward Mike Ribeiro thinks of scoring winger James Neal living with forward Rich Clune, it takes maybe half a second for him to compare them to a famous movie duo.

    “Dumb and Dumber?” Ribeiro quipped.

    There are all sorts of funny comparisons that can be thrown out there about Clune – the agitating winger who fights, chirps opponents and phones nasty Twitter followers – and Neal, the Penguins castoff who came to Nashville to not just score goals, but mend a broken reputation.

    But Clune’s presence around Neal is probably the best situation that could have happened to Nashville’s newest sniper. Despite Clune’s on-ice persona, he’s a straight arrow off the ice, a recovering alcoholic who works out doggedly, cooks healthy and embraces the relaxed Nashville lifestyle, outside of the bars and Honky Tonks on Broadway.

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