Pardy Returns to the Admirals; Kessel Released

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Nashville Predators have reassigned defenseman Adam Pardy to the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators also announced this afternoon that defenseman P.K. Subban will be placed on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury and will be evaluated further in two to three weeks.

In recent practices for the Predators it appears that Anthony Bitetto is nearing a return following a broken hand. Should that occur it opens this door for Pardy to make his return to the Admirals while Petter Granberg remains topside as a flex option. Pardy’s absence has been very much missed for the Admirals who have sought out Blake Kessel and Rick Pinkston on PTO Contracts from the ECHL trying to find defensive balance.

During Pardy’s time at the NHL level this season he has played 4 games with no points of offense to speak of with 6 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of -1. He has been a healthy scratch for the Predators in their last 3 games. With the Admirals this season he has played 16 games, scored 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists), has 18 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus rating of +6. His defensive partnership with rookie Alex Carrier has mainly served as the top defensive pairing for the Admirals.

Update: The Admirals released Kessel from his PTO Contract. His rights belong to the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) but he declined to report to them following an early season ECHL trade. It is unclear where he goes next from here.

Update Part II: The Predators have placed forward Reid Boucher on waivers with the intent to reassign him to the Admirals. It will become clear tomorrow afternoon if he clears waivers and is able to reach the AHL.

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