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Stephane Robidas Q & A

Wednesday, 08.26.2009 / 11:44 AM / News
By Graham Clark  -
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Stephane Robidas Q & A recently caught up with Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas, who talked about his vacations to Disney World and Vegas over the summer, what the 2009 All-Star selection meant to him and some of the new additions to the blue line over the offseason. How has your summer been?

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Robidas: I was back home in Quebec, not too far from where I grew up so I always get to see some old friends when I am back home. It was a pretty slow summer for me just two trips, we took the kids to Disney World at the end of the season and went to Vegas with the wife. The kids had a great time in Disney World that place is a lot of fun. I have mostly been working out all summer in the gym in my basement trying to get conditioned for the season.

Last season was difficult for Dallas, what did you learn from 2008-09 as the leader of the defense for the Stars?

I think we learned that we have to start the season on the right foot right away. We did not do that last year, we were trying to play catch up at the end and we came up short. I think we are going to be focused to get a good training camp in and be ready for a good start. We want to try and stay on an even keel this season, not let our highs get too high or our lows get too low.

You had a couple big events last season, including playing in your First NHL All-Star Game and skating in your 500th career game in the NHL, what did those games mean to you last season?

To be honest, I play the game because I love it. To be recognized for the All-Star game was something that I really enjoyed. It was great, but while I am playing for the Dallas Stars, my real goal is the win the Stanley Cup. Not making the playoffs last year was very disappointing. I have been working hard this summer to get in shape and be ready for 2009-10.

You spent some time with former Dallas Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher when he had his day with the Stanley Cup, what was that like?

It was really cool. Boucher is a good friend of mine and I have never seen the cup before. Obviously, it was a big achievement for Philippe. To get a chance to see him and the Cup in Quebec City was great for my family and I.

The young group of defensemen (Fistric, Grossman, Niskanen) are entering their third year in the NHL, what do you expect to see from them in 2009-10?

I think we are all growing every year, even though I am 30 I believe I am still learning. You always want to get better no matter how old you are. Trevor Daley is also still young and he had a very strong season last year. We are all growing and learning together.

We have some pretty good additions with Karlis Skrastins and Jeff Woywitka over the offseason, also Ivan Vishnevskiy is another young guy who is trying to push his way into the lineup. We have some size and we have some skill, I am looking forward to the upcoming season for our defensemen.

What are your thoughts on the new Dallas Stars defensemen Karlis Skrastins?

I have played against him a few times when he was in Nashville and Colorado. I think he is a very underrated defenseman. Skrastins is a guy that not a lot of people talk about, he does not put up a lot of points, but every team that wins needs a guy like him. He is a guy that is willing to pay the price, a very steady, physical player. He sacrifices his body to block shots and is a good team player.

The Stars are going back to the Bell Centre for the first time in almost four years, what will that game mean to you?

It’s big for me, but I think it will mean more of a guy like Mike Ribeiro because he has not been back there since he was traded to Dallas. Montreal is where I grew up and I played for the Canadiens, so it’s always special for me to go back there, but I try not to make to big of a deal about it. There will be a lot of friends and family at the game cheering me on, which is great. I played last year in Montreal for the All-Star game and I have played there a couple times for Dallas and Chicago. I try not too focus on it too much because it is another game we will need to win.




1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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