Heika (@MikeHeika) March 31, 2013
The immediate names that come to mind for the Leafs are center Derek Roy and winger Jaromir Jagr.
However, a name that has been under the radar for weeks now is defenceman Stephane Robidas. As I was writing this, Hockeybuzz blogger Mike Augello, a very credible writer if you can believe it on that site, also posted an article in which he speculated the Leafs could in fact be interested in Robidas.
At 36 years old, Robidas is in the second to last year of his $3.3 million contract with the Stars. He's a very Randy Carlyle-friendly defenceman.
Robidas is a very competent defender who isn't that bad offensively, either.
His career season came in 2009-10, when he scored 10 goals, assisted on 31 others and totaled 41 points in a complete 82-game season.
It's also worth noting that in that same season, Robidas recorded some astounding defensive numbers, as hits and blocked shots were finally being recorded. According to the Yahoo! Sports, Robidas finished the season with 269 hits and 177 blocked shots.
To put that into perspective, Zdeno Chara's best season in both categories was 166 hits in 2011-12 and 111 blocked shots in 2010-11.
Robidas would not be out of place on the Leafs roster. Best of all, the Stars might actually accept a deal involving Mike Komisarek and a draft pick. They would end up likely buying out Komisarek and taking the $4.5 million in cap space in the summer. The pick, likely a third-rounder, would be bonus for the Stars.
Speculation on my part, but I think all these Miikka Kiprusoff rumors are just to shy the media off of the real story about ready to happen—an acquisition of their true need—a top-four defenceman.
Hopefully for Leaf fans, my speculation, and that of Augello and Heika, has some merit. Let's hope this just isn't typical media hype as we close in on the trade deadline Wednesday afternoon.
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