Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/14/14 at 04:52 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If you know anything about Robidas, if you've watched him play over the years, if you've played against him, certainly if you played with him -- none of this really should come as any surprise.
In a world of hyperbole and "best this," "greatest that," Robidas is simply living proof of the ideals on which the game and its innate attractiveness are built: toughness, loyalty, humility.
Robidas, from Quebec, possesses these qualities in large quantities. It is what made him beloved in the Stars' locker room since he signed with the team after the 2004-05 lockout and earned him an invitation to Canada's orientation camp before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
And it is what led him to be acquired by the Anaheim Ducks last week at the trade deadline, in spite of the fact Robidas has not played in a game since that November night in Dallas.
Coach Bruce Boudreau isn't exactly sure what he's getting with Robidas, other than a guy who already has been embraced by teammates in the short time he has been in Anaheim working out. He has stayed late after practice working on the little things and has reinforced his reputation as a gamer.
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