Well, this is a shocking turn of events. The Milwaukee Admirals have made a trade with the Springfield Falcons organization to acquire veteran defenseman Adam Pardy in exchange for Eric Robinson, Teddy Doherty, and Brandon Whitney. This move comes in a day where the Nashville Predators called up the Admirals previous veteran defenseman Matt Irwin.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Adam Pardy from the Springfield Thunderbirds in exchange for forward Eric Robinson, defenseman Teddy Doherty, and goalie Brandon Whitney.
Pardy, 32, brings over 300 games of NHL experience to the Admirals, having split the 2015-16 campaign between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets. In total he has played in 338 NHL games with the Oilers, Jets, Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, and Calgary Flames, scoring four goals, dishing out 48 assists and accumulating 263 penalty minutes.
A native of Bonavista, NL, Pardy has played 185 games in the AHL with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Quad City Flames, Texas Stars, Rochester Americans, and St. John’s IceCaps. He has nine career AHL goals and 30 assists for 39 points to go along with 178 penalty minutes.
This move is a shock given just how young the season is. The Admirals depart with a well thought of forward in Robinson, a first-year pro defenseman in Doherty, and a less than stellar goaltending prospect in Whitney who at this point in the season has almost been a ghost by not being invited to Admirals or the Cincinnati Cyclones pre-season training camps. That’s what the Admirals lost today. What the Admirals do gain is a well respected hard nosed veteran defenseman in Pardy that has logged 338 career games in the NHL as well as 183 career games at the AHL level.
I feel the biggest question for me right now is why was this move made? Is it a sign that perhaps Anthony Bitetto is going to be out for a massive stretch of the season or the entire season and Irwin’s recall is more aimed at that purpose with the reactionary trade here today to fill his void in Milwaukee? There is really not an answer to that question. Not today.
Reactions to today’s trade? Was this a good decision by the organization to add another veteran defenseman to the mix? Does Adam Pardy’s style of hockey really lend itself to the Predators/Laviolette style of “defenseman joining the rush” hockey?
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