The Toronto Maple Leafs have reached a deal with defenseman Stephane Robidas, worth $9 million over three years.
Robidas deal is firm. Official $9M for three years now $3AAV with the Leafs.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2014
Robidas (37) spent 11 seasons with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2014 NHL trade deadline. Robidas missed a significant amount of time this past season due to a broken leg before the trade to Anaheim. He played in three playoff games with the Ducks before re-injuring the same leg. In his combined time with the Stars and Ducks in the 2013-14 season, Robidas totaled 5 goals and 5 assists, the lowest point total of his NHL career.
The Maple Leafs did not sign Robidas to add to their offensive attack, instead he will add a veteran presence (885 career NHL games) to the Leafs blue line. They also add another right handed shot (in addition to Franson and Polak) to a defensive unit that had only one (Cody Franson) for the majority of last season.
The risk in this deal is Robidas’ age, the blue liner will be 40 by the time this deal ends, and he is returning from a season where he broke the same leg twice. He isn’t what you would call a high injury risk, but at 37, things just don’t heal like they did when you were 27.
What the Leafs do get is an experienced defenseman at a relatively low cap hit ($3 million per year). Robidas would have to be pretty terrible before the Leafs start sweating on this deal. It seems like a win / win for both parties.