For the month of August, Editor in Leaf will take a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, previewing what could happen in the 2014-15 NHL season. Next up is newcomer Stephane Robidas.
Years With Leafs: Zero
Out with the old and in with the new. That is what could be said about nearly half of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gone are Carl Gunnarsson, Tim Gleason and Paul Ranger. Coming in to replace them are Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas.
Out of the two new acquisitions, Robidas is the more experienced of the two and the Leafs will count on the veteran leadership he brings.
To start out the season, expect Robidas to be paired with young defenseman Jake Gardiner. With his new five-year deal, Gardiner can use the help in developing the defensive side of the game.
One thing that the Leafs have to hope for is Robidas saying goodbye to the injury bug that bit him last year. Robidas missed all but 38 games split between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks. In those 38 games, he amassed five goals and five assists for 10 points. Seeing that he is not known for his offense, if he can reach that type of production again, the Leafs should be pleased.
Big Question: Can he recover from suffering two broken legs last season?
The Leafs signed Robidas to a three-year deal, pretty risky for a player who suffered the injuries he did last season. Hopefully, nothing serious will happen. Otherwise, the Leafs will have to rely on one of their young players from the Toronto Marlies, more than likely, Petter Granberg.