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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Maple Leafs Injury Update: Stephane Robidas expects to be ready for season opener

By on 10/02/2014 09:20:00 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas believes he will be ready when the team drops the puck to open the new season against the long-time rival Montreal Canadiens next Wednesday. He broke his right leg twice last season and has been rehabbing ever since. As reported by Jonas Siegel for TSN, Robidas should play in his first preseason game on Friday.

"Yeah, I think so," he said of playing against the team that drafted him on Oct. 8th. "I feel great on the ice. The plan is to play the game Friday against Detroit and after that we've got a few more practices with the team. I expect to be ready for that first game."

The 37-year-old veteran signed with the Maple Leafs during the summer after a difficult 2013-14 season. Robidas played in only 38 games. He notched five goals and five assists and was a decent plus-10. He was averaging about 20 minutes a game, and the Leafs are surely hoping he can continue to play solid defense and eat up a ton of minutes.

His return is good news for the Leafs, as the status of defenseman Cody Franson is unclear at this point. As previously reported, he suffered a bruised knee. Although he does not require surgery, it's not known when he will return.

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