Veteran d-man Adam Pardy could soon be back in the NHL.
Pardy, who attended Panthers camp on a PTO before signing an AHL contract with the Preds, has agreed to a one-year deal with Nashville, agent Ben Hankinson confirmed via Twitter.
Pardy, 32, acquitted himself quite well with the Admirals, scoring five points in 12 games. But in order to join the Preds, he’ll need to clear waivers first (Nashville exposed him today, in a related move).
Pardy split last season between Winnipeg and Edmonton after the Oilers picked him up off waivers in late February. At 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds, Pardy’s always been a robust physical player that plays with an edge, and an opening popped up on Nashville’s blueline after the club terminated the contract of Matt Carle, who subsequently announced his retirement.
Right now, the Preds have eight d-men in the mix: Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Anthony Bitetto, Matt Irwin, Petter Granberg and Yannick Weber. Ellis is currently on IR, though, and Bitetto was knocked out of last night’s game against Colorado, so there could be a temporary spot available.