Florida signs veteran d-man Pardy to PTO


The Panthers spent most of this offseason overhauling their blueline, and that trend may continue into training camp.

Per TSN’s Gary Lawless, journeyman defender Adam Pardy has agreed to join Florida on a training camp PTO. Pardy, 32, 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 (something the Panthers lost in trading away Erik Gudbranson this summer).

His skating and offensive ability have been called into question, though — he’s never scored more than 10 points in a single season — and there are concerns about his ability to keep up.

Still, he could fit as a depth guy in Florida.

There will be an adjustment period next season, as newbies Keith Yandle, Jason Demers and Mark Pysyk try to gain familiarity next to their new d-man partners.

Based on the current look of Florida’s depth chart, Pardy would need to leapfrog the likes of Jakub Kindl or Mike Matheson to secure a spot on the team.

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