Source: Robidas would be 'perfect fit' for Bruins

Source: Robidas would be 'perfect fit' for Bruins
March 3, 2014, 8:45 pm
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While there has been the same set of defenseman names associated with the Bruins leading up to the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, there are other players surfacing with less than 48 hours to find a trade partner. Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is one of the more risky, but intriguing names on the trade market, and one NHL exec told on Monday that the 36-year-old veteran “will be moved” prior to the 3 p.m. deadline.

Another benefit to trading for a rental in Robidas: the cost of something in the neighborhood of a second round pick would be significantly less than New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who is expected to be the top defenseman on the trade market.

“A lot of teams covet [Robidas],” said the exec. “He’s a veteran right-hander that competes like a bastard. He’d be a perfect fit for the Bruins.”

The 13-year NHL veteran has been sidelined since Nov. 29 with a broken leg, but is skating with the team while headed for a mid-March return to the lineup after averaging 19:55 of ice time in 24 games for the Stars this year. That means prospective suitors will have to wait a week or two before inserting Robidas into the lineup. He had a goal and 12 assists in 48 games with Dallas last season, and has spent the last 11 years with the Stars organization.

Robidas is also a right-handed shot, which doesn’t really help Boston in their search for some left shot depth capable of playing top four minutes in the playoffs to add to Zdeno Chara, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug.

But Robidas might also be a nice pick-up with the Bruins on the verge of potentially shutting Adam McQuaid down given the difficulty he’s experienced in recovering from hip/groin issues.

Another interesting nugget for the Bruins: top scout Adam Creighton has watched the last three Columbus Blue Jackets games, and there were a pair of Columbus scouts at TD Garden on Saturday watching the Bruins/Capitals matinee in Boston. Blue Jackets sniper Marian Gaborik is expected to be moved at the deadline and has long been a Slovakian national team member along with Zdeno Chara. Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson are the most natural choices among defensemen for a Bruins team badly in need of a few of those at the moment.

Sounds like something may be cooking between the Bruins and the Blue Jackets, so stay tuned with the deadline just a couple of days away.