The Winnipeg Jets have assigned defenceman and Bonavista native Adam Pardy to the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps.
The move came after the Jets activated rearguard Grant Clitsome from the injured reserve list.
Winnipeg had planned to send the 29-year-old Pardy to St. John’s early last week after he cleared waivers, but Clitsome’s injury led them to keep Pardy on the roster as insurance, but he did not play in any of the Jets’ first three regular-season games.
NHL rules permit teams to assign players to the minors within 30 days of them having cleared waivers as long as they don’t play 10 or more games during that period.
Pardy appeared in 17 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres last season, with four assists and 14 penalty minutes. He also played 21 games with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ AHL farm team, registering two goals, seven assists and 22 penalty minutes.
Pardy has suited up for 200 NHL contests over eight seasons with the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and Buffalo, totalling 33 points (four goals, 29 assists) and 171 penalty minutes.
He signed a one-year, one-way free-agent contract with the Jets over the summer worth $600,000.
Pardy’s arrival means the IceCaps, who don’t play again until Friday, when they take on Bulldogs in Hamilton, have 12 defencemen on their roster, although three of them — Zach Redmond, Travis Ehrhardt and Kris Fredheim — were injury scratches when St. John’s opened its season with two weekend games against the Providence Bruins at Mile One Centre.
There was no corresponding move by the IceCaps Sunday after Pardy’s assignment was announced.
Fredheim and Ehrhardt have been skating with red no-contact jerseys and were described by St. John’s head coach Keith McCambridge as “close” to returning. Redmond, who hurt his left leg in practice Thursday was still waiting to resume skating.
“I know that he’s been on the bike, which is a good sign,” said McCambridge when asked about Redmond’s timetable.
“When the doctors tell me he’s 100 per cent and the trainers say the same, then we’ll put him on the ice. “
Still on the injury front, McCambridge expressed some hope that forward Blair Riley, forced from Friday’s season-opener after being felled by a punch to the chin by the Bruins’ Tyler Randell, will be available for next weekend’s two-game road trip, which will also include a matchup with the Marlies in Toronto.
“We’re just following all the steps,” said the coach about Riley, an off-season acquisition, who didn’t play Saturday.
“We have a whole week to rest here, so we’ll get him the rest he needs ... and see if he’s ready for practice or not.
“But the target is for next weekend’s games.”