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The Toronto Maple Leafs signed a player that more than a few teams' fans viewed as a simple low-cost option in 37-year-old Stephane Robidas (he signed a 3-year, $9 million contract), but the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran reports that Robidas' right leg--which was broken twice last season, once while he was playing for the Dallas Stars and once while he was playing in the playoffs with the Anaheim Ducks--isn't quite good to go yet:
Robidas had surgery to replace a screw in his knee after the season and has not been cleared for contact.
Training camp opens Sept. 18.
“I feel great, I have been skating on my own,” said Robidas. “But I am not cleared for contact yet. I will probably do the first few practices with the team but I won’t do any scrimmages. The goal is to play in the last couple of pre-season games and get ready for the start of the season.”
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
They have a forward who ranked in the top five in league scoring and a goaltender who was amongst the league’s best. But ask Stephane Robidas what attracted him to the Toronto Maple Leafs and he immediately says the team’s defence.
“Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner,” Robidas said from his off-season home in Sherbrooke, Que. “When we talked about my role and what the Leafs are looking for, they’d like me to help the younger defencemen. To me that’s a great opportunity. I’ve watched them play. I know exactly how good they are and everything. Having a chance to play with one of the two and try to help those guys is going to be good for me.”...
In his first year in the NHL, Rielly scored two goals and 27 points in 73 games. But the fifth overall pick in 2012, who had a minus-13 rating, could have used someone to pick him up after a bad game. Gardiner, who was arguably Toronto’s best defenceman in the second half of the season but often clashed with head coach Randy Carlyle because of his sometimes risky decisions with the puck, might have also benefited from a veteran to lean on....
“I think it’s the poise they play with,” he said. “If I’m speaking for myself, I was never a high draft pick or the type of player that they are. It’s not easy to play defence in the NHL. To do it at a young age, it always amazes me how younger guys can come in and play and play well with that kind of confidence. To me, it’s not easy. Some people overlook it. It takes time to become comfortable.
Three year deal.
I hate that every night during the regular season and playoffs, injuries are so regularly hockey's biggest stories.
During the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over St. Louis on Monday, Steve Ott took some revenge on Duncan Keith (he of the, "I cannot recall chirping David Backes after Brent Seabrook concussed him" vein) in relatively clean form...
But Matt Cooke took out Tyson Barrie's knee earlier this evening....
And I'm currently watching things get out of hand in a big way as the Anaheim Ducks trail the Dallas Stars 2-0. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, former Star Stephane Robidas
got kneed by collided with Dallas's Ryan Garbutt, and had to leave the game...
The Anaheim Ducks rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in overtime on Monday night, setting a new franchise record in the process, as noted by the Associated Press...
Once the Anaheim Ducks wiped out a four-goal deficit, all the stress shifted to the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks staged the biggest comeback in team history by rallying from four goals down to beat the Jets 5-4 on Monday night.
"You're down 4-0 and you come back 4-4, now the pressure is on the other team because they gave up the lead," Robidas said. "We just tried to play our game, and I got lucky and it went in."
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.
Oh boy. Not what you want to read while checking up on league-wide news stories at 2 AM. Per Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien's tip, I looked into news that Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas had been taken to the hospital with a broken leg in the Stars' 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago, and this is a Stamkos-like injury--except that in this instance, Robidas blocked a pass with his skate, fell as a result and went left-leg-and-flat-skate-blade-first into the end boards:
DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski confirmed:
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Defenseman Stephane Robidas broke five sticks Sunday in a 3-2 shootout win over Calgary. Robidas tapes three sticks for every game, and went through all three of them quickly. He then used the two practice sticks he has in the practice bag, and also broke those. He finished the game using Philip Larsen’s stick _ one of the few right-handed shots on the team like Robidas….
``It was a tough game, that’s for sure,’’ he said. ``I don’t know what happened. Sometimes, you just get a bad batch.’‘
Robidas said that one of the sticks was hit with a shot and that nicked the shaft and caused it to break, but said he didn’t remember any other strange happenings with the sticks. He said the plan is that a new batch of sticks will be in Vancouver today and will be ready for morning skate on Tuesday.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Stephane Robidas’ face is a window to an NHL career.
The face tells the story of a career forged the hard way, a career forged against odds and setbacks. Battered and misshapen, it is the face against which teammates can gauge their own willingness to compete and sacrifice. A face that silently asks: “Am I willing to do that?”
“Count the surgeries on his face and you’ll know how he plays,” Dallas Stars teammate Brad Richards told ESPN.com on the eve of the regular season. “He battles like I’ve never seen.”
We use the term underrated a lot in the NHL. It usually means someone who doesn’t get paid a lot relative to the stars, but quietly performs above and beyond the call of duty. But underrated sometimes applies to someone who makes something of an opportunity, however slender, however long it takes.
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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog,
He had surgery on it yesterday and will be out for at least a week.
The guy is tough, you have to give him that, to play half of that Wednesday game with a broken jaw.
more on the Stars…