Stephane Robidas Injury: Updates on Ducks Defenseman's Fractured Leg and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 22, 2014

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Updates with Wednesday, April 23

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register has the latest on Stephane Robidas:

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie confirms when Stephane Robidas will undergo surgery:

TVA's Louis Jean added an interesting detail on Robidas:

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If the Anaheim Ducks are going to make a run at the Stanley Cup, they'll have to do it without Stephane Robidas

The veteran defenseman got rolled up underneath Ryan Garbutt early in the second period of Game 3 against the Dallas Stars on Monday night and was forced to limp off the ice. The team's official Twitter feed later confirmed he was on his way to the hospital with a fracture: 

You have to feel for Robidas, who suffered a different fracture on the same leg in November while playing for Dallas and will now be lost for the entire postseason. 

Coming over from the Starswhere he spent 10-plus seasonsin March, Robidas provided a nice spark for the Western Conference's best team. Five points in 14 regular-season games may not seem like much, but the 37-year-old provided a strong shot from the blue line, added some bruising toughness and was logging over 20 minutes per game on the ice. 

“Like I said before, my plan was to come here and try to help the team,” he said in April, via the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens. “I’m not the savior. And I just want to be a part of the puzzle and try to win hockey games. That’s what I’m here for."

He added: “My legs feel good. I feel like I’m 25 again."

Alas, the Ducks, who are up two games to one after a loss on Monday night, will have to rally around their veteran. 

As one of the NHL's best teams, they are certainly capable of doing just that, but this is the kind of thing you never want to see.