Report: Toronto alternate captain Robidas could fall short of final roster

Stephane Robidas is a prime example of just how quickly a player's fate can change.
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Last October, Stephane Robidas was named an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This October, it seems like he might lose his job with the NHL club.

The 38-year-old veteran was not at practice for the Leafs Monday morning, an ominous sign with the final roster cut looming in the immediate future. 

According to several reports, the defenseman was not put on waivers as of 12 p.m. Monday, but there are reports claiming his future with the team is still very much in doubt. Others claim Robidas' absences is not as troubling as it might seem.

After a difficult training camp, Robidas was aware he could be considered excess by the team that treasured his leadership just one year ago. On Saturday, he told TSN that he understands if the team does not believe his play is good enough to reward him with the final roster spot.

“I want to play,” Robidas told TSN. “[But] I understand my role. I know what’s going on. It’s not up to me. All I can do is play. And if I go out there and do my job and play well enough, if I deserve to play, I think I’ll play. But if I don’t deserve I don’t deserve. That’s the game. That’s the reality of it.”

It's a tough reality for Robidas, who was still playing key minutes just three years ago as a member of the Dallas Stars. But age and injury took a heavy toll on the defenseman's career, and many in the media are now speculating the Leafs' former alternate captain might retire sooner rather than later.  

(h/t TSN)  

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