Stephane Robidas Q & A
Wednesday, 08.26.2009 / 10:44 AM CT / News
By Graham Clark - DallasStars.com
DallasStars.com 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.
DallasStars.com: How has your summer been?
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Last season was difficult for Dallas, what did you learn from 2008-09 as the leader of the defense for the Stars?
Robidas: 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?
Robidas: 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?
Robidas: 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?
Robidas: 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?
Robidas: 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?
Robidas: 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.