We have our first free agent signing of the 2011 NHL Free Agency period as it's being reported that the Dallas Stars have signed depth defenseman Adam Pardy to a two year deal worth $2 million each. He played in the Flames system since being drafted and played regularly in the NHL for the last three seasons, even though you may not have heard much about him.
That brings the Stars 10 million to spend down to eight million.
He's 27 years old, shoots left and is a big body at 6'2", 220lbs. He is thought of as a 5th or 6th defenseman at most and possibly an option to replace Jeff Woywitka as the "seventh" defenseman, though you don't usually pay those guys two million a year.
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He spent time in the ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers and already there is a thought that new Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan could have crossed paths with him along the way and had a say on this signing. He's a defense first guy, so don't expect anything on the other end of the ice.
This is could be a case of Nieuwendyk and the scouts seeing something in a young man that suggests he could do better if given more minutes. There is already sentiment on Twitter from some of the national blogger types that $2 million for Pardy is a bit much. Is this an investment in the belief of a future of a young man, or is this already a function of the cap floor taking effect?
For now we'll view this as a younger replacement on the Skrastins/Woywitka front and call it a depth move.
Welcome to Dallas, defenseman Adam Pardy.
And please, no punny "Pardy" headlines.