One man’s misery can be another man’s fortune as was illustrated by Monday’s happenings involving Winnipeg Jets’ defencemen Adam Pardy and Grant Clitsome.
Pardy, the 29-year-old from Bonavista, had cleared waivers and was bracing for an assignment to the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps.
Clitsome, meanwhile, was skating with the Jets in Banff, Alta., as they prepared for their National Hockey League season-opening game tonight against the Oilers in Edmonton, when he left the ice early with what later was described as lower body injury he had suffered in the Jets’ final preseason game.
As a result, Clitsome has been placed on the seven-day injured reserve list, retroactive to last Saturday, meaning he will be sidelined until at least Friday, when Winnipeg plays it’s home opener. It also means Pardy is staying with the Jets for the time being.
According to a tweet Monday from the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said there’s even a chance Pardy — who signed a one-year, one-way free agent contract worth $600,000 over the summer — could be in the Jets’ lineup tonight when they take on the Oilers.
Besides Pardy and Clitsome, Winnipeg had six other defenceman — Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Mark Stuart, Paul Postma and rookie Jacob Trouba.
Meanwhile, the Jets did assign a rearguard to the IceCaps, sending Zach Redmond to St. John’s.
The 25-year-old Redmond is well known to IceCaps fans as he’s played 110 games with St. John’s over the last two seasons., scoring 16 goals and adding 34 assists. He had been promoted to the Jets last season, but suffered a life-threatening laceration to his femoral artery during a practice session in early February. However, after surgery and rehab, Redmond was able to return to action with St. John’s late in the season.
Redmond is on a two-way contact and does not require waivers.
Also assigned to St. John’s Monday was centre Patrice Cormier. A 23-year-old from Cap Pele, N.B., Cormier has played 91 games in total with the IceCaps in two seasons, scoring 25 goals and adding 19 assists. He’s also appeared in 19 games for Winnipeg over that time.
Cormier, who has a two-way contract, cleared waivers at the same time as Pardy, who can be assigned to St. John’s without waivers any time in the next 30 days as long as he doesn’t play 10 or more NHL games in that period.