The last time we saw Stephane Robidas he was being carted off of the ice after breaking his leg on a brutal and hard-to-watch play. The Dallas Stars defenseman’s recovery is going smoothly though, according to a report from Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News.
Robidas spoke to Heika and had this to say about his comeback:
It’s amazing how much I’m progressing. When I started, I didn’t do any stops and starts and couldn’t pivot. Saturday, I could pivot. Then, yesterday, I could do some stops — not full speed, but some stops. And then today, I did a practice with the guys. I’m not ready to go, but it’s ahead of schedule.
That’s incredibly encouraging news since there was some chatter early on that the 36-year-old veteran might not be able to return this season. He’s still on track to return in the middle of March though, which would be a big boost for the Stars. The team is currently in a battle for a playoff spot, and it’s likely to come down to the wire for Dallas.
Getting a guy like Robidas back toward the end of the season is like a trade deadline acquisition that you don’t have to give up anything for. It’s obviously unknown at this point whether or not the Stars will still be in playoff contention by the time the defenseman is able to return, but every bit of talent and health will help during the final push at the end of the season.