No this isn’t a remix of the Venga Boys hit from the 90’s, but it does seem as though Winnipeg Jets management sees something in Pardy that many of the fans didn’t.
In all honesty the thirty year-old Pardy had a decent year. In fact, one could argue the best of his NHL career. He’s a fourth-line, utility player that goes out and gets the job done.
Last season tied his best season for games played and +/- with all but his points productivity being tops. It’s not a blockbuster signing deal by any means, but it’s a solid investment in a decent player. It’s likely he could spend some time in the AHL with the St. John’s IceCaps much like he did last season.
If you consider ignoring Dustin Byfuglien for a second – as many people do – the Winnipeg Jets now have seven defenders under contract for next season. Looking at the players under contract – Enstrom, Clitsome, Stuart, Trouba, Bogosian, Postma & now Pardy – I’m hopeful that the Winnipeg Jets are still looking at beefing up the blue line.
The only D-man from last season without any word on progress is Keaton Ellerby as a restricted free agent. The Winnipeg Jets have until 4:00 pm today to make him a qualified offer which, if they do, would mean the same set of defenders as last season in Winnipeg.
What do you think the Pardy signing this means for the Jets defense?
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