Maple Leafs sign Stephane Robidas to 3-year, $9-million deal

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Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) skates against the San Jose Sharks during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Sharks 4-3 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Maple Leafs have dipped into the free agent pool to sign defenceman Stephane Robidas to a three-year, $9 million contract.

Dave Nonis has added a right-handed top-4 option here in the tough-as-nails veteran. Certainly he brings the element of leadership and tough-to-play-against qualities, but he also has a long track record of capably handling tough minutes, averaging 22:14 in the lockout-shortened season and just under 20 minutes in his curtailed 2013-14 season. He seems like a great fit on Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly’s right.

The obvious risk comes in the form of signing a 37-year-old defenceman who broke his right leg twice in the past few years to a 3-year contract. That said, he’s already skating in early July.

You simply don’t get free agent deals done, if the player has any level of interest, without giving out at least a year more than what’s ideal, and considering the overpayments in money and term today (lol Orpik), this is palatable.

The other element of risk to this deal is that it is a multi-year over-35 contract, meaning the Leafs cannot bury a portion of it if Robidas doesn’t return to form.

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Players who sign multi-year contracts when they are age 35 or older (calculated on June 30 of the season the contract begins) count toward the cap under all circumstances, regardless of where (or if) the player is playing. The only cap relief is $100,000 from the player’s cap hit if he is assigned to the minors after the first year of the contract or in the event of a buyout.
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Stephane Robidas Scouting Report

[quote_box_center]heads up puck mover possessing excellent skating ability… escapes danger utilizing his quick first step and acceleration… not a natural puck handler, yet makes a decent first pass… aggressive and courageous despite a smallish frame – battles ferociously away from the puck… sustains tight gaps and plays mostly error-free defence… tought to beat 1-on-1 due to his exceptional agility and steely determination… mental mistakes do creep into the game from time to time however, particularly when the workload intensifies… and ideal complementary partner[/quote_box_center]

Scouting Report Courtesy of McKeen’s Hockey

Stephane Robidas Statistics

SeasonAgeTmGPGAPTS+/-PIMSS%ATOI
Career88556195251867912494.520:30
1999-0022MTL100000015:54
2000-0123MTL656612014777.820:44
2001-0224MTL5611011-2514681.518:58
2002-0325DAL7637101535476.412:54
2003-0426TOT5931013441634.819:02
2003-0426DAL14101-28812.512:57
2003-0426CHI4521012633553.620:56
2005-0628DAL75515201567955.316:59
2006-0729DAL7501717-1861060.018:04
2007-0830DAL82917260851535.920:39
2008-0931DAL723232610761581.924:32
2009-1032DAL82103141-10701995.024:29
2010-1133DAL8152530-7671064.724:32
2011-1234DAL7551722-548756.722:46
2012-1335DAL4811213256462.222:14
2013-1436TOT3855101020568.920:10
2013-1436DAL244157123511.419:55
2013-1436ANA1414538214.820:37
11 yrsDAL704461652112461010284.520:35
3 yrsMTL12271623-25281454.819:53
1 yrCHI4521012633553.620:55
1 yrANA1414538214.820:37
Stephane Robidas Statistics

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Komarov please (& thx).
    Then we can call it a day.

  • Reether

    good grab, good AAV, term was necessary to get him I’m sure

  • Robbies

    That is sage and inciteful advice…..Gorges can get fucked in Buffalo
    He did not come here cuz of the ragdolling he endured from FML!!

  • Cloud09

    Dion, Franson Reimer for Big Buff and Kane 😉

  • Cloud09

    Happy with Robidas, should be a good mentor for the kids.

  • Glove Dropper

    By my count we need a #2 winger, a big #3/4 C, and a #4 winger (Broll? Bodie?)  On D it sure does look like Franny is gone, perhaps for a LH D?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Within reason, really like what the Leafs have done so far. No Ott/Richards though, please.

  • LeafsGuru

    Kuli still out there

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    LeafsGuru 
    Komarov still out there.

  • Robbies

    Leo…please

  • LeafsGuru

    I would sign Kuli at 2.5 over komarov

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Dissapointing. 3 years for a guy that is only 3 weeks from the glue factory. Added to the Gleason buyout cost that roster position now filled by the 37 yo has been is looking very expensive. 3.8 this year, 4.8 next and 4.3 the year after 
    AND WE WOULDNT PAY BOLLAND – jesus H christ.

  • Robbies

    I repeat…Nonis give Leo 3 yrs x 1.85m….now please

  • LeafsGuru

    Glad your not the GM

  • Mind Bomb

    Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Raymond signed for over 3 mil a year, and it wasnt here :)
    Its a good day

  • Mattmark

    Bolland, Raymond, Brennan, the rats are departing as the ship wallows…

  • Mind Bomb

    Anthony Petrielli  Looks ok so far bro, I am still waiting for the Hammer though

  • lukethenuke

    How do you feel about Frattin trade? Steve Dangle thinks we lose it marginally but not ebough to be upset about
    I personally like Fratin so..

  • Loric76

    Anthony Petrielli day’s not done

  • Mind Bomb

    lukethenuke  Its Vanilla

  • LeafsGuru

    I understand Brennan leaving wants a shot in the NHL

  • Loric76

    mashup moves here?

  • Cloud09

    lukethenuke I’d be a little happier if they just did a player for player swap and kept the 7th.

  • Robbies

    Rats have been escorted out !!!

  • Cameron19

    Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Even the media personalities are having a hard time digesting that ridiculous Bolland contract. It is insanely bad.

  • Cloud09

    Loric76 Yea but enough of the twitter spam 😉

  • lukethenuke

    Cloud09 lukethenuke its is conditional… and usually in trades like this, the conditions arent met

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    LeafsGuru 
    Me too the fans are morons and I have zero confidence in any of the back room staff.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Loric76 All threads are open unless otherwise marked

  • Mattmark

    lukethenuke Frattin brings more offense than D’Amigo.

  • NotInsane

    Cloud09 lukethenuke
    I like the trade because Frattin can play on the second line with Kadri and Lupul.  D’Amigo would not have been able to do that.

  • Loric76

    Cloud09 Loric76 lol ok ok

  • TheGroobster

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/484037024966791168

  • Robbies

    Especially for a wounded bird….wtf

  • Alec Brownscombe

    lukethenuke Wanted Frattin without giving up Jerry D.
    Had to be possible

  • BrandonCheema

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-tiWG8ItM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ-G6gMRJjs

    huge red flags

  • Mattmark

    Robbies …but not out of a ship that’s sailing anywhere, which is the point.

  • Reether

    lukethenuke I like it because Frattin was a better player here than D’amigo has shown he is so far. Tougher to play against too.

  • Komas Taberle

    Glove Dropper
    Vrbata?

  • DWCMLHS

    Better be under $2 million per. 
    https://twitter.com/DamoSpin https://twitter.com/DamoSpin/status/484038360026329089
    Leafs feeling like they are closing in on bringing back LW Leo Komarov. Signing should be today.

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe lukethenuke so the verdict or you? Cause I agree but think I can move on with better 4th line options in Ashton, Broll, Carrick, Biggs in organization

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    DWCMLHS 
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • LeafsGuru

    Robidas was a good signing if he gets injured we have Granberg as a easy call up and robidas goes on LTIR hurts nobody he adds leadership and if healthy a better top 4

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe lukethenuke Frattin has the ABILITY to jump up roster if need be that Damigo doesnt, and thats the pivot point for me

  • BrandonCheema

    DWCMLHS thank the lord

  • Robbies

    F..ing A

  • Cloud09

    Wow, Iginla to the Avs.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Cameron19 
    Sure Cam with you 100% I wouldnt have paid that BUT I believe if we hadnt hard balled and taken it to today then Bolland would have signed an extension for maybe a million less some weeks ago. 
    Leaving it to th elast minute it was obvious some idiot GM would be so stupid to offer stupid money.
    But 3million for Robidas is a joke, especially after buying out Gleason.
    It seems no matter what Nonis does its damned if he does damned if he dont. What is it about Toronto which is so undesirable for players to sign here. Biggest hockey market in the world that every player wants to avoid.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Holy Christ….I forgot to vape.
    Reload!!

  • lukethenuke

    https://twitter.com/reporterchris https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/484039043470987264
    Leo Komarov is on his way back to the https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash on a four-year deal.