Stephane Robidas
Stephane Robidas
42-Year-Old DefensemanD
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Stephane Robidas in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Maple Leafs in July 2014.
Expects to be placed on injured reserve
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Knee
September 22, 2016
Robidas (knee) is expected to be placed on injured reserve when the NHL season begins, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
It’s been a struggle for Robidas, who missed all of the 2015-16 campaign with a knee injury. Over the past five seasons, Robidas has played in more than 50 games just once (2014-15). Barring an unexpectedly quick recovery, the 39-year-old defenseman’s career appears to be coming to a close.
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Robidas started his slow ride into the sunset a couple years back, but may have really accelerated it last year. He broke his right tibia, not once but twice, and it really remains to be seen how that may affect his skating. Still, he should be able to deliver shutdown minutes in a top-four role and help teach the young defenders what it means to be an NHL blueliner. Sadly, there is no fatnasy value in that, unless you're in a league that only counts hits and blocked shots.
Robidas was reportedly the subject of trade rumors over the summer, but all signs point to him returning in his role as one of Dallas' to- two defensemen. And that illustrates part of the problem in Dallas. Quite frankly, Robidas is better served as a third or fourth defenseman on a good team. And with just one goal and 13 points in 48 games last year, his point production continues to trend downward. He's durable and can dish out the hits if your league rewards that, but there's not much else here.
Robidas' 10-31-41 season from 2009-10 is a fading memory at this point, as he managed just 22 points in 75 games last year. Dallas' poor power play and lack of scoring depth certainly contributed. There's reason to believe they'll be better in both aspects this season, but Robidas is clearly second fiddle behind Alex Goligoski when it comes to Dallas' play with the man advantage.
Dallas' designated punching bag (you should see the hits this guy absorbs on a nightly basis) was miscast as a No. 1 defenseman until Alex Goligoski arrived. His 10-31-41 season of a year ago turned into a more lukewarm 5-25-30 campaign this past season, though he could still see some time on Dallas' top power-play unit with Brad Richards no longer manning the point.
Robidas enters the season as Dallas' No.1 defenseman, which helps illustrate the problems Dallas has had on the blue line the past few seasons. Robidas enjoyed a nice season as a point man on the man advantage alongside Brad Richards, racking up seven power-play goals and 12 power- play assists, among his 41 points (10G, 31A) on the season. He'll continue with the same role going forward, and makes for a decent second tier fantasy blueliner as a result.
Robidas' offense dried up a bit, seeing his goals drop from nine (and seven PPG) from the year prior to just three last season. He should still see some time on a power play unit, but 30 points figures to be his absolute ceiling.
As tough as they come in a small package, Robidas spiked to nine goals from the blue line following a bagel in that category the year prior. He'll see a drop in that figure this season, and could see a big dip in power play time if Philippe Boucher comes back healthy.
Hits hard and often when considering his small frame (5'10", 180), but provides nothing in terms of offense. He'll start the year as Dallas' fifth defenseman, and could be moved as some youngsters mature.
Like Jon Klemm, figures to fight for ice time this season after appearing in 75 games for Dallas last year.
Veteran blueliner that will help Dallas phase in youngsters Shawn Belle, Trevor Daley and Dan Jancevski. Could find himself among Dallas' second D pair with John Klemm.
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DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Knee
April 12, 2016
Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello isn't sure whether Robidas (knee) will be ready for training camp in advance of the 2016-17 season, the Toronto Sun reports.
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Knee
December 27, 2015
Robidas (knee) remains out of action and there is no timetable for his return.
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Knee
November 17, 2015
Robidas (knee) still hasn't resumed skating, and remains without a definitive timetable to return to practice, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Groin
October 30, 2015
Head coach Lou Lamoriello indicated Friday that Robidas (groin) remains without a definite timetable to return to practice, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
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Groin
October 7, 2015
Robidas (groin) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
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