Stephane Robidas is a 37-year-old defenseman coming off two broken legs. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed him to a three-year, $9-million contract on July 1 in hopes of adding a solid veteran to a mediocre defense corps. It’s a bit of a risky contract, but Robidas can still play, and as Michael Traikos of the National Post writes, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to be a mentor to Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly.
The other role the Leafs will hope Robidas can fill is as a minute-muncher who can take some of the load off Dion Phaneuf. Brendan Shanahan and Dave Nonis have been using this offseason to add some much-needed depth to a team that relied far too heavily on their top players last year. Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove tackles that topic and a few others in his latest post.
Jon Empiringham of Tip of the Tower thinks James Reimer’s comments from Monday were a bunch of hogwash and he really can’t wait to get out of town. He’d obviously rather be a starter, but he can do a lot to improve his stock around the league by playing like one when given the opportunity early in the season.
Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post asked P.K. Subban 20 questions about potentially playing for his hometown team (some team called the Toronto Maple Leafs, you may have heard of them) one day, the cost of playing hockey, Don Cherry and pouring beer into the Stanley Cup. Very entertaining read.