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Defenseman Stephane Robidas played 10 seasons with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2014 deadline. There were questions about how effective he would be after missing most of the season with a broken leg.
“I think when the deal happened, we didn’t know when my leg would be healed, we didn’t know when I would be ready, there were a lot of questions. [GM Jim Nill] gave me the opportunity to go to a team that was in the playoffs and a team that could go deep in the playoffs, and I’m very thankful, that’s for sure” he told the Dallas Morning News.
His homecoming was anything but happy. Robidas played 7:21 in Game 3 on Monday night before a collision with Ryan Garbutt ended his game. (This video is a tad graphic, so be forewarned.)
The reaction from Robidas says it all: Another broken leg for the veteran defenseman.
According to the Ducks, Robidas has a fractured right leg, just above the previous fracture, and was sent to the hospital for treatment.
Here’s how Robidas originally broke his leg back in November. (Again, a tad disturbing.)
Robidas was fourth on the Ducks in average ice time through two games at 20:07. One assumes he’s done for the postseason. One also assumes it’ll be healthy scratch Luca Sbisa taking his place in the lineup.
Based on location and circumstances, this injury to Robidas is one of the most surreal and saddening moments of the season.