Adam Pardy is back in the NHL. The veteran of 338 games has been signed to an NHL deal with the Nashville Predators and, as Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet explains, has been placed on waivers to gain eligibility after spending the early part of the season on a minor-league deal. The team has also placed Anthony Bitetto on IR and sent Miikka Salomaki to the AHL on a conditioning stint.
After the Predators lost Matt Carle recently to retirement, they needed another NHL level defenseman who could fill in at times but also not lose development by sitting in the press box. Pardy, a former member of five different NHL teams is that player. Never mistaken for an offensive threat, Pardy hasn’t scored 10 points in a season since his rookie year (where he scored exactly 10) but can be a strong physical presence in his own end.
Pardy had been playing on an AHL deal for the Milwaukee Admirals this season recording (amazingly) five points in twelve games, including two goals. The 32-year old will now earn an NHL salary again while he tries to help the Predators shore up their back end.