The Ducks have traded left wing Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round pick, which they traded to Dallas as a conditional pick in exchange for defenseman Stephane Robidas.
Robidas, 37 (3/3/77), has scored 55-191=246 points with a +5 rating and 671 penalty minutes (PIM) in 871 career NHL games with Montreal, Dallas and Chicago. A 2009 NHL All-Star, Robidas set career highs in goals (10), assists (31), points (41) while appearing in all 82 games for the second time in his career in 2009-10. The 5-11, 190-pound defenseman has also appeared in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, earning 3-12=15 points with 42 PIM.
Selected by Montreal in the seventh round (164th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Robidas has collected 4-1=5 points with a +7 rating and 12 PIM in 24 games with Dallas this season. He has been sidelined for 37 games with a broken leg, which he suffered on Nov. 29 vs. Chicago. Last season, the Sherbrooke, Quebec native tied for second among Dallas defensemen with 1-12=13 points and was one of five Stars players to appear in all 48 games. Robidas also ranked fourth among NHL defensemen leaders in hits (136) and led Dallas in blocked shots (93) and time-on-ice (1,067:27) in 2012-13.
Penner, 31 (9/28/82), scored 13-19=32 points with a +22 rating and 28 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games this season for Anaheim. Signed as a free agent on July 16, 2013, Penner ranked fifth on the Ducks in goals, tied for fifth in plus/minus and sixth in scoring and assists.
The 6-4, 247-pound winger has scored 150-157=307 points with 352 penalty minutes (PIM) in 571 career NHL games with Anaheim, Edmonton and Los Angeles. A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks (2007) and Kings (2012), Penner has earned 13-22=35 points with a +19 rating and 58 PIM in 78 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Earlier today, Robidas held a conference call with members of the media. Below is the transcript:
On his recovery process
The leg is feeling great. Since we got back from the Olympic break, I’ve been skating with the team. I’ve been doing every drill with all the players. I’m hoping to be ready in about two weeks. March 14 was the date I set when I started my rehab. They told me it was going to be a four- to six-month recovery, but everything has been going really well. March 14 will been a week earlier than four months. I just need to do some little things to feel more comfortable, but so far it’s been doing very good.
On leaving Dallas, joining Anaheim
I called Dallas home. I’ve been here for a long time, but having a chance to join a team of the quality of Anaheim, I’m very excited. I talked to their GM, and we’re going for a Stanley Cup. That’s what I’ve been waiting for, for a long time. I think it’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m very excited for the chance the Ducks are giving me.
On what was his future looked like in Dallas
There hasn’t been any talk with my agent for a contract extension, so I can’t really speak for them. Obviously, I think it was pretty clear when they traded me, that there was no real future for me in Dallas. The team is still battling for a playoff spot. They’re in it right now and I wish them all the best. They treated me really well. They kind of did me a favor by giving me a chance to go to a team that has a really good shot at winning the Stanley Cup. I’m really grateful.
On what he remembers about his battles against the Ducks
I remember the rivalry since we’ve played them early in 2002. That was the first time I got exposed to the rivalry between the Stars and Ducks. We played them again in the playoffs in ’08. We’ve played them many times during the regular season, and they’ve always been big battles.
There have always been big battles between me and [Corey] Perry over the years. I’m just glad he’s on my team now.
On his assessment of the Ducks
If you look at where they sit in the standings and the way they’ve been playing this year, they’ve done really well with the players they’ve had in the lineup. They’re deep up front, have good goaltending and defense. I haven’t spoken with the coach yet, so I don’t know where I’m going to fit, but I’m going to do whatever it takes. Wherever they want to put me, I’ll be there. I just want to be a good teammate and help this team as best I can to win. I think that’s the reason why they acquired me. I’m not a savior. I’m not going to change everything. I just want to be Stephane Robidas and play the same style of hockey I’ve played over the years. Hopefully, I can help this team.
On the ability to overcome injuries
I don’t know if I’m a quick healer, but I’ve had good trainers and strength coaches who have really helped me over the years to overcome those injuries. It was a tough year, a really long year for me, not being able to play and just watching the team night after night. Not being able to compete on the ice is what hurts the most. I’m just very excited I’m going to get that chance to get back on the ice pretty soon. I’m very excited to be a part of the Ducks.
On having the chance to play in the postseason
That’s the first thing that came to my mind. I’ve been waiting for five years. The last time I made the playoffs was the year we made that playoff run when we lost in the Western Conference Final. The following year, we were supposed to be one of the favorites to win the Cup, and we didn’t make the playoffs. We haven’t made the playoffs since, so it’s huge for me. I’m not getting any younger. Every year you want to be a part of the playoffs for a chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m going to get a good chance at it playing with the Ducks.
On having confidence he’ll be able to return to his physical style of hockey
That’s how I play. I’m not a finesse player. I know my role, and I know what I need to do. I know what I did to get to the NHL. I’m not going to change the way I’ve been playing. I’m going to be the same way.