Oilers defenceman Adam Pardy has continued to skate with the team for practices since sustaining a hand injury in early March.
“I think it was the [Philadelphia] game. But I don’t think it was too bad, I think it just progressively got worse,” said Pardy.
The 6-foot-4, 227-pound blueliner continued to play until he was no longer able to, his last game coming at home against the San Jose Sharks on March 8.
“It feels pretty good. Every day, every week it gets a little better,” he said, expressing his hopes to get some more playing time and return to the lineup on Saturday versus Calgary.
Claimed via waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 29, the big-bodied blueliner was looking forward to a fresh start and was quick to make an impact with Edmonton before he was sidelined with his hand injury, playing six games and recording a pair of assists.
“It’s tough, you get a lot of minutes and you get on a little run — after the year in Winnipeg — that was important that I would be able to play minutes consistently,” said Pardy, taking the situation in stride. “So to have it shut down pretty quickly was not that much fun. But you’ve got to deal with the things that come your way.”