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Leafs sign Robidas to three-year, $9M deal

Jul 1, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs added a veteran defensive presence on Tuesday, signing Stephane Robidas to a three-year, $9 million deal, per TSN.

Robidas, 37, had a nightmarish 2013-14 campaign that featured two major leg breaks — one in late November that sidelined him for the majority of the regular season, and another one in the playoffs (after Anaheim acquired him at the deadline from Dallas).

When healthy, Robidas can be a highly effective blueliner. During the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, he appeared in all 48 games and averaged over 22 minutes a night for the Stars, recording 13 points. He also showed well for the Ducks after coming off the first leg break, appearing in 14 regular season games down the stretch while racking up five points and playing 20:37 per night.

In Toronto, he’ll be part of a new-look defense that also includes Roman Polak, acquired form St. Louis at the draft in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson. At the time of writing, the Leafs project to have a top-six defense of Robidas, Polak, Dion Phaneuf, Morgan Rielly and — assuming they can get new deals done — Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson, both of whom are RFAs.

  1. esracerx46 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Seriously? I could maybe see the cap hit. But the term? Robidas is a third pairing now. I don’t think I want a 40 year old 7th defenseman making 3 million.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Leafs have to overpay either $ or term to attract players. this one was term, especially since no one offers over 35 yr olds 3 years in normal circumstances…

      • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        thankfully we have kaptaanclueless to provide us meaningless,un-informed garbage.

        Leaf haters just cant help themselves.

  2. ntvd7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Leaf’s D wasn’t tough enough….

    I think they added two guys that can bring it

  3. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    way too long in term

  4. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    So, Phaneuf, Rielly, Polak and Robidas are the only Dmen on contract. Gardiner and Franson are still RFAs.

    I don’t mind getting Robidas, but re-signing the RFAs should have been the #1 priority… especially after shipping Gunnarsson and Gleason out of town.

    • dueman - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      They have lots of time to sign their RFA’s. You do know the difference between an RFA, and a UFA, right? If you have noticed, all the other teams are concentrating on UFA’s today as well, as they should be…

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        It’s not about time, it’s about money. Did you forget who the GM of Toronto is? He’s been notoriously bad as wasting cap space on useless players before getting around to signing the good ones.

        All I’m saying is the priority should be signing the good ones while the team still can… but if you want more useless, overpaid old guys… I guess that’s one way to go.

      • dueman - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Nonsense!

  5. obamareallysucks - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    leaves are always going to suck

  6. dumbassgreg - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    he is underrated has value but three years.seriously

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