Updates with Wednesday, April 23
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register has the latest on Stephane Robidas:
Indications are that Stephane Robidas (broken leg) may not need surgery. Will be long recovery but may not be as bad as first feared.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) April 23, 2014
Mark Fistric will draw in to replace Robidas. Did AHL rehab stint but first game since recovering from lower-body nerve issue.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) April 23, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie confirms when Stephane Robidas will undergo surgery:
#ducks Stéphane Robidas will have a surgery today in Dallas by the same doctor than earlier this season when he was playing for the Stars.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) April 22, 2014
TVA's Louis Jean added an interesting detail on Robidas:
Stamkos reached out to Robidas last night after he broke his leg. Both were in constant contact this year during rehabing process.— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) April 22, 2014
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:
INJURY UPDATE: #NHLDucks Robidas has a fractured right leg, just above the previous fracture, and is being sent to the hospital.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 22, 2014
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 Stars—where he spent 10-plus seasons—in 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.