March 29, 1984 in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada
Contract Status: One-year at $2 Million Dollars
No balloons at this party, just the big Newfoundland defenseman. The first of several free agents signed by Joe Nieuwendyk on July 1st, 2011 Nieuwendyk claimed that he and his professional scouts have had an eye out for Adam Pardy and liked his skating ability with such a large frame brought some much needed muscle and a beefier look to a rather small defenseman group. In Pardy he was looking for an opportunity to play everyday and beat his career high in games played in a season (57). That of course did not happen this season as the beginning of the year instead of Adam Pardy we had Jeff Woywitka 2.0, so often Pardy found himself a healthy scratch and denied ice time in favor of Jordie Benn and Philip Larsen.
On February 6th it was reported that Pardy had been assigned to the Texas Stars for a conditioning assignment, due to being a consistent healthy scratch for almost a complete month and he had a mutual agreement between Coach Gulutzan and GM Joe Nieuwendyk, where in two games with the Stars AHL affiliate Adam Pardy had 4 points (0G,4A) and was a plus 4.
What Adam Pardy brings is a big defenseman with a smooth skating ability who is able to jump up and join the rush and able to get back and play defense. With the unknown of who will still be here of our defensive core from the past season I believe it’s safe to say that Adam Pardy will once again be our seventh defenseman ready to play when an injury occurs or a player needs a night off. It was a tale of two seasons for Adam Pardy where he was consistently struggling and then after his short AHL stint he turned his play up a notch, here are the numbers
Jeff Woywitka 2.0 (first 18 games)
The real Adam Pardy (Last 18 games/Post AHL stint)
+/-: +3 (including the last five games of the season where Pardy was a +5)