Meet the Anaheim Ducks’ new defenseman, Stephane Robidas. The 37 year old, 190 pound is a native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Robidas started off his NHL career in 1999-2000 with the Montreal Canadiens, was sent back to the AHL Quebec Citadelles team, returned to Montreal in 2000-2001 and remained there through the 2001-2002 season. In 2002, Robidas was traded to the Dallas Stars and remained there for almost two full seasons before moving to join the Chicago Blackhawks roster. In 2005-2006, Robidas was signed by Dallas as a free agent, and has been with the Stars as one of their Alternate Captains until his trade to Anaheim. Robidas has an NHL total of 871 games played, with 55 goals, 191 assists, and a career total of 246 points.
During this current season with the Stars, Robidas has made an appearance on only 24 occasions, in which we need to consider the injury that he suffered from back in November 2013 against his ex-team, Chicago. Robidas has produced a total of four goals and one assist within those 24 games. Looking at these stats, it is hard to determine why Ducks’ General Manager Bryan Murray would decide to trade decent and reliable players like Dustin Penner and Vicktor Fasth for this defense veteran.
Robidas has “starred” in 44 total Stanley Cup Playoff games, in which 42 have been with Dallas. In those 42 games, Robidas has a record of three goals, 12 assists and 15 points. Robidas hasn’t been in a playoff game for five years, and seems to be itching to make that dream a reality with the Ducks this season.
It appears that the Ducks knew that they wanted to acquire someone who has experience and knows how to make plays happen when they have possession of the puck. Even though Robidas isn’t that impressive of a player in regards to his statistics, he is sure to make a statement in Anaheim with his experience and drive to win. Robidas will be wearing a #19 sweater and is currently placed on injured reserve. Let’s see what happens during these next few games and test out the new guy!