Oilers defenceman Adam Pardy joined his teammates for Tuesday's practice at Rexall Place as he continues to recovery from an injury.
The 6-foot-4, 227-pound blueliner injured his hand blocking a shot in a game against the San Jose Sharks on March 8.
“It’s tough because you don’t get a lot of practice time with the team and I’ve had the last four days off the ice without anything,” said Pardy, who was claimed via waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 29.
“With a new team, you especially need that practice time getting used to guys and getting and feeling comfortable on the ice with the players you’re with, but that’s just the situation. You’ve got to make the most of what’s going on here and we’re doing everything we can to get back as soon as possible.”
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said Pardy is eager to maintain his level of fitness while cautiously monitoring the healing of his injury.
“Adam wants to play badly,” he said. “He’s able to skate so he wants to keep his legs going and his conditioning up as much as he can. The minute he’s good to play we’re going to put him in because we ‘d like to find out a little bit more about him. But he can’t run the risk of greater injury to himself and hurting the team and I think he understands both of those situations but he’s very noble, he wants to maintain that conditioning level and we’d welcome him back quickly.”
Pardy recognizes the importance of ensuring his body is healthy and can withstand the return to game action, once he’s ready.
“I’m hopeful I’ll play every game but you know you have to take care of your body,” he said. “I’m hoping to get back as soon as possible.”