The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with defenseman Adam Pardy, the team announced Monday. With the deal, Winnipeg retains some of its depth on the defensive end without breaking the bank for an expensive or lengthy contract.
Pardy, 30, appeared in a career-high 60 games with Winnipeg last season, providing steady play along the blue line on the third pairing. His numbers, which included zero goals and six points, have never been impressive, but he’s the kind of player who understands his role and simply does his job.
After earning $600,000 with the Jets last season, Pardy’s new deal represents a $100,000 raise for the defenseman.
Pardy broke into the NHL in 2008-09 with the Calgary Flames after being a sixth-round pick in the 2004 draft. He played for three years in Calgary before spending one year apiece in Dallas and Buffalo. Since leaving Calgary three years ago, he’s appeared 113 games without scoring a single goal.
And as Pro Hockey Talk notes, you might remember Pardy from a humorous incident last season involving a brawl, his helmet and a drunken fan:
Perhaps he’ll have a “helmet protection clause” in his new deal. In case you forgot, he had his helmet stolen off his head when he went through the glass in Chicago. A seemingly intoxicated fan stole it away and wore it like a conquering hero.
The deal represents Winnipeg’s second significant move of the offseason, after trading minor league goaltender Eddie Pasquale and a draft pick to Washington for a trio of selections.