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Pardy adds size to Jets' blue-line

Club also adds depth at forward

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THOUGH the Winnipeg Jets remained mostly quiet during the first 24 hours of the NHL's free-agent frenzy, the club did make moves to bolster their depth.

On Saturday, the Jets announced they had plucked NHL defenceman Adam Pardy out of free agency, and signed a trio of forwards with plenty of minor-league experience, likely to shore up their AHL affiliate St. John's IceCaps roster.

Pardy, 29, is a big 6-4 blue-liner with a left-handed shot who played most of the last five seasons in the NHL. He split the lockout-shortened season between the AHL's Rochester Americans and the Buffalo Sabres, playing 17 games with the NHL squad in which he registered four assists and 14 penalty minutes.

The Newfoundland product launched his NHL career in 2008 with the Calgary Flames, who drafted him in 2004, and played 36 games with the Dallas Stars in 2011-12. Although the Jets do not release the terms of their deals, according to TSN, Pardy's deal with the Jets is a one-year, one-way contract that will pay him $600,000.

Meanwhile, in a likely minor-league depth move, the Jets also signed wingers Andrew Gordon and Jerome Samson and re-upped IceCaps centre John Albert, 24. Albert is a former Atlanta Thrashers draft pick who launched his pro career with the IceCaps in their inaugural 2011-12 year. He scored 32 points in 88 games with the AHL club over the last two seasons.

Winger Gordon, 27, played the last two seasons with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, and suited up for six games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, though he was held pointless. He eked out 19 goals and 13 assists in 54 tilts with the Wolves in the 2012-13 season. He also helped the 2009 Hershey Bears capture the Calder Cup and was tapped for the 2011 AHL All-Star game.

Samson, 25, is an undrafted six-foot winger who spent the last four seasons bouncing between the AHL and the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. He played the last three seasons with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers, notching seven goals and 11 assists in 37 contests last year. He has 46 games of NHL experience under his stick since 2009-10, during which he recorded two goals and seven assists.

The moves came after Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff opened the first day of the NHL's free agency period without a signing, although he did flip a 2014 second-round draft pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for right-winger Devin Setoguchi.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 7, 2013 B2

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