The Toronto Maple Leafs finally broke into the free agent frenzy nearly two hours into the game. The Leafs have signed defenseman Stephane Robidas to a three year contract reportedly worth $9 million. That means a $3 million cap hit. That’s not bad for the Leafs.
Robidas had injury problems last season, splitting it with the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks. That shouldn’t be a concern for Leafs fans as he hasn’t been injury prone for his entire career. However, that being said, the two injuries he suffered last season were both broken legs (same leg) so the Leafs will want to tread carefully with it.
Robidas is not an offensive player by far but is another defenseman that will be tough to play against. He is however more of an all-around defenseman than Roman Polak, who the Leafs acquired at the draft.
Mark Spector of Sportsnet had this to say about Robidas on Twitter.
Stephane Robidas is one of the game's true good guys. Told he's an awesome teammate – no doubt. TML Nation will love him. #SNSigningSeason
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 1, 2014
So the Leafs have brought in an all-around defenseman that will be a character player for the Leafs. The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be making re-modeling their defense a priority and with the acquisitions of Polak and Robidas, they’re doing that for sure.
What do you think of the signing?