Stephane Robidas, Ducks a perfect match
The new Ducks defenseman wants you to know that he is not the guy that is going to fix all that ails the team. While some would argue that that there isn’t much to be fixed on the NHL’s best team at the moment, the trade deadline acquisition of Stephane Robidas is a move to deepen an already loaded team and further strengthen one of the top defenses in the league.
"I’m not a savior, I’m not going to change everything," Robidas said Tuesday afternoon on a conference call, only a few hours after he had been traded from Dallas. "If you look at where they sit in the standings and the way they’ve been playing all year, they’re doing real well with the players they have in the lineup…
"I just want to go out there and help my teammates as best I can. I want to win, and I think that’s why they acquired me."
Robidas has long been considered one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. He’s a gritty hard worker that hits just as hard and brings the veteran defensive presence that General Manager Bob Murray had been looking to add. Robidas contract expires at the end of the season and the Ducks will have the option to re-sign him.
In addition, Robidas is hungry. He spent 9 years in Dallas but hasn’t been in the playoffs in five years and it was the first thing that came to mind when he heard he had been traded to Anaheim. He’s never won a Stanley Cup, and at 37 years old, his time is running out.
"I’ve been waiting for five years. It’s huge for me. I’m not getting any younger," Robidas said. "(The Stars) are kind of doing me a favor here giving me a chance to have a shot at winning the Cup and I’m very grateful."
Robidas said Dallas is going to be a difficult place for him to leave and especially with the Stars in the midst of a playoff chase. But Murray didn’t mince his words when he told Robidas this team is aiming to win it all, and Robidas was instantly sold.
"I call Dallas home for me, I’ve been here a really long time, but having a chance to join a team of the quality that Anaheim is now, I’m very, very excited," Robidas said. "I talked to the GM and he said, ‘Hey, we’re going for a Stanley Cup.’ And that’s what I’ve been waiting for for a long time. I think it’s a great opportunity and a great place for me. I’m very excited for the chance the Ducks are giving me."
A fractured bone in his right leg has taken him out of action since Nov. 29, but the Canadian has been ahead of schedule on his recovery and skating with his Dallas teammates since being back from the Olympic break. He has targeted March 14, when the Ducks face the Avalanche on the road, as his return date, which is a week ahead of the schedule that was initially projected.
The addition of Robidas is a good fit. By all accounts, he’s a good locker room guy that fits the style of play in Anaheim. He isn’t looking to change anything, he just wants to make the best team in the league even better.
"I just want to be Stephane Robidas and play the same style of hockey I’ve played over the years and just help this team out," he said.