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Despite injury, Stars’ Robidas draws trade interest

Mar 3, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT

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Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas hasn’t played since Nov. 29 due to a frightening injury, yet NHL teams are showing the veteran blueliner some serious interest as the trade deadline approaches.

One anonymous NHL executive told CSNNE.com that the 36-year-old “will be moved” and named the Boston Bruins as a leading candidate.

“A lot of teams covet [Robidas],” The executive said. “He’s a veteran right-hander that competes like a bastard. He’d be a perfect fit for the Bruins.”

TSN’s Bob McKenzie backs up that report, also adding the Anaheim Ducks to the list of teams that would likely be most interested in the one-time All-Star.

Robidas seems like the prototypical missing piece defenseman from a playoff standpoint despite being absent from the postseason since the 2007-08 campaign. He can play a rough, penalty-killing role but also has some offensive potential with 41-point and 30-point seasons on his resume.

Again, there’s extra risk involved considering that he’s recovering from a broken leg, but teams seem willing to take that gamble on the pending unrestricted free agent.

Also of note regarding the Stars at the trade deadline: GM Jim Nill told ESPN that they’re open-minded to trades but aren’t looking for “rentals.” They might just sell Robidas off as one, however.

  1. lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Extremely underrated defenseman. He can really do it all, but has seen his offensive role diminish in Dallas with Goligoski there. Real solid skill set, but most importantly he’s great at making quick plays to get it out of his own zone. Just what I’ve noticed from watching him.

    Not to be the guy who speculates about trades for his own team, but would love him on the Caps. Boston or Detroit seems more likely, with Detroit being a great fit seeing that he’s a righty D-man who can produce offense.

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