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Sabres waive Pardy to trim defense down to eight; Leafs waive Connolly

Adam Pardy's career in Buffalo could be over before it starts.

The defenseman, acquired from Dallas as part of the Steve Ott trade, was waived at noon. If no team claims him during the 24-hour waiver process, the Sabres will assign him to Rochester.

The Sabres have 26 players in camp and need to be down to 23 before 3 p.m. Friday. It's possible they could put forwards Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick on injured reserve to buy more time.

Pardy was the biggest unknown on the Sabres' crowded blue line. The 28-year-old played just 30 games for the Stars last season and registered three assists. He also spent time with the Stars' minor-league club.

The coaches' unfamiliarity with Pardy made him a long shot to make the Sabres. They had nine defensemen in camp, and Pardy needed to wow the organization for it to decide to keep him over holdover Mike Weber or prospect T.J. Brennan.

Pardy will make $2 million this season whether he plays in the NHL or AHL.

The Sabres also waived Rochester forwards Kevin Porter and Nick Tarnasky. 

The Sabres signed Porter over the summer to a two-year deal worth $1.075 million, and the Amerks made him their captain. He is on a two-way contract this year, according to CapGeek.com, and makes $105,000 with the Amerks and would earn $525,000 with the Sabres if called up. The second year of the deal is a one-way deal that pays him $550,000 whether he's in the NHL or AHL.

Porter has 11 goals and 30 points with the Amerks.

Tarnasky also has a two-way deal that pays $105,000 and $525,000. The agitator has eight goals, 13 points and 96 penalty minutes in Rochester.

Toronto, meanwhile, waived former Sabres center Tim Connolly.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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