Buffalo Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy began the 2012-2013 season playing, well, nowhere. After being acquired as a part of the trade that sent Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars and brought in forward Steve Ott, Pardy wasn’t eligible to join the AHL’s Rochester Americans right away, despite the NHL lockout.
Once the lockout ended, Pardy was put on waivers and assigned to the Americans, where he began the season, suiting up for his first game on January 18, 2013 against the Syracuse Crunch. He appeared in five games with the Americans, tallying a goal and two assists, before being recalled by the Buffalo Sabres on February 4.
During his first recall of the season, Pardy appeared in one game with Buffalo. He tallied one assist as the Sabres dropped a 4-3 decision to the Ottawa Senators on February 5. He played 18:25 ice time and had two shots and two penalty minutes in the loss, returning to the Americans two days later.
The defenseman saw action in the next six games for the Americans from February 12-22. He had two assists, three shots and four penalty minutes.
Once again, he was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres on February 24, this time for a longer period of time. Pardy stayed with Buffalo until March 10, a stretch that saw him play in four NHL games. He was kept off the scoresheet in the February 26 meeting with Tampa Bay, but had six penalty minutes, one shot and was a plus-1 in the Sabres’ February 28 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers.
He was also a plus-1 and had over 16 minutes of ice time in a March 2 game against the New Jersey Devils before adding a pair of penalty minutes in a March 3 game against the New York Rangers.
After being returned to the Americans, Pardy spent the remainder of the month of March with the AHL squad. He had a goal and three assists in ten games and added 11 shots and 14 penalty minutes.
Once again, the 29-year-old was recalled by the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres – this time, for the final time of the season, on April 1. He spent the remainder of the season with the Sabres, appearing in twelve more games with Buffalo. He had three assists, three shots and four penalty minutes in that stretch.
Pardy ended the season with four assists and 14 penalty minutes in 17 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, and nine points in 21 games (2g, 7a) with the Rochester Americans.
So – now what? Pardy’s contract is in its final year, making him an unrestricted free agent as of July 5 unless the Sabres sign him before the deadline. He made $2 million last year in the second of a two-year deal.
Will the Sabres re-sign him, despite the wealth of defensemen they have at hand? Pardy brings veteran blueliner experience to the young Americans team, but also transitions nicely to an NHL defenseman. The late-season addition of Chad Ruhwedel may be a factor in determining whether or not Pardy will remain with the team, but since he’s one of a handful of players who worked with coach Ron Rolston at both the AHL and NHL levels, he’s sure to get a second look heading toward the deadline.