In the midst of the Roy trade, Ott has been the main player on the receiving end in our spotlight. Ott and Roy were obviously the centerpieces of the trade, but how about the third player in the deal that is kind of overshadowed by the other two?
What will Pardy's role here be? How will we use him? Is anyone comfortable giving him an opportunity to play on the bottom-pairing up here on certain nights or do you moreso see him as Rochester material for this season?
He's been in the Western Conference for his whole career before now so many of us (myself included) probably aren't too familiar with him. He's got great size and he's dropped the mitts a few times before. One problem I foresee is finding him playing time, considering the abundance of defensemen we have, even with Scott as a forward. I don't see him getting to play over Weber or Sulzer and even McNabb.
Is "cap cow" a role? No? I dunno, I'm gonna reserve judgement until I get to see him play a few games in a Sabres jersey. A little research suggests that we should not expect the ever ellusive top 4 bruiser that we need.
Too early. One or two of the dmen is a goner in a trade before the season.
Going into the offseason, I suspect most of us expected Weber to be the most expendable - but with Ott's acquisition, it would seem that Weber has been given another chance to redeem himself and cement a spot in the top 7.....especially after Regier's mention of McNabb (whose play last year gave the Sabres what they wanted/needed from Weber) starting the year in Rochester.
As much as many may hate the idea of doing so, Sekera seems the most logical candidate to go if Regier has any hopes of landing a top 6 forward/center IMO.
While he held no value for the Sabres at the NHL level last season, Morrisonn did earn a lot of praise from Rolston for his positive attitude and mentoring of the younger Amerk defenders as someone with NHL experience.
It would not surprise me in the least if Regier and Rolston talked prior to the Ott-Roy trade and Regier agreed to take what appeared on the surface as a salary dump from Dallas in Pardy because he knew Morrisonn had already signed with a KHL team and wouldn't be back. Pardy could possibly be seen by Regier as a replacement to serve in the same capacity in Rochester as what Morrisonn did last year: NHL insurance but, more importantly, a veteran to help with the young defensemen in Rochester.