With the National Hockey League‘s free-agency frenzy slightly over a month away, the Buffalo Sabres will be faced with some in-house decisions regarding the status of certain players. We intend to look at each situation, provide some analysis (the key word is some) and share our opinion on where they will wind up. Who shall stay and who will depart? We’ll now be moving on to Adam Pardy.
Contract Details: Pending unrestricted free agent
Last Year: Salary of $2 million and cap hit of $869,000
The Scoop: While Steve Ott was perceived to be the major gain in the trade that exported Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars, Adam Pardy was tacked onto the transaction too. In Dallas, he felt that his coach, Glen Gulutzan, was providing no reason as to why the defenseman was being benched on many evenings. If regular appearances were what he wished to find with the Sabres, the move has not bettered his career. Before injuries mounted, Pardy was hardly utilized by Buffalo and as a result, it may lead many to believe that he is strictly a depth defender who will fill in when it is possible.
Why They Would Want to Keep Him: Pardy is desperate to punch a full-time ticket into the league, so there is no questioning his motivation; he will treat all matches as if they are his final one because that could be true. The 29-year-old simplifies his decision-making by safely clearing pucks, taking the body and being gritty. At 29 years-of-age, his window is closing and as such, the Sabres could lean towards a one-year agreement if they are indeed interested in his services.
What Will Worry Them: Missing the mobility that defenders use to get out of tricky scenarios, Pardy’s footwork will be exploited by the speedy forwards who need a single step to create significant separation. He does not offer offensive numbers, which is okay, but the Sabres are a team that counter-attacks and defensemen are expected to pinch in at times.
Final Verdict: It might come down to either Pardy or Alexander Sulzer as to who Buffalo’s front office prefers because both are at the end of their contracts. The odds do not favor Pardy, but with Ron Rolston cherishing perseverance so highly, he could just as easily be kept in the loop.
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