By Scott Billeck and Scott Taylor
The Winnipeg Jets have a new defenseman. And he’ll either be in Winnipeg this season, or he’ll be paid an NHL wage to play in St. John’s.
Buffalo Sabres free-agent D-man Adam Pardy was signed by the Jets on Saturday. It’s a one-year, one-way deal worth $600,000.
The 29-year-old Pardy, a product of Bonavista, Nfld., has played 200 NHL games. He played 17 with the Sabres during the lockout-shortened 2013 season. He had no goals, four assists and 14 minutes in penalties. He also played 21 games with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Pardy was a sixth-round (173rd overall) draft pick of the Calgary Flames in 2004. He also spent most of the 2011-12 season in Dallas.
The Jets also bolstered their minor league depth on Saturday with the announcement of three signings, including centre John Albert, who played for the Jets’ AHL affiliate St. John’s Ice Caps for the past two seasons.
The two other signings were rightwingers Jerome Samson and Andrew Gordon. Samson was grabbed from the Carolina Hurricanes organization while Gordon had recently spent time in the Vancouver Canucks system.
Albert, a product of Cleveland, Ohio, was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the sixth round, 175th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He spent two seasons with the US National Development Program and played alongside the likes of Patrick Kane and James Van Reimsdyk then went on to play four years at Ohio State University. He joined the Ice Caps for their inaugural season in 2011-12, playing in 64 games. He had nine goals and 188 assists. Last season he put up five points in 24 games.
Samson went undrafted after playing four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has spent most of his professional career in the Hurricanes system, playing for the Albany River Rats and the Charlotte Checkers. He also has 46 NHL games under his belt( two goals, seven assists). Last season Samson put up 27 points in 37 games with the Checkers, spending some time playing with former Winnipeg Jets defenseman, Mark Flood.
Gordon was drafted by Washington Capitals in the seventh round, 197th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has had a stellar career in the minors and played on the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Calder Cup-champion Hershey Bears. In the 2009-10 season, Gordon had 71 points, including 37 goals, and then added 20 points in 17 playoff games. He was selected to the 2010 Canadian AHL All Star team. In 55 NHL games split between the Capitals, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Vancouver Canucks, Gordon has seven points.