Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 2:30pm


The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2014.

What does it give the Anaheim Ducks
One of the worst-kept secrets in the NHL this season was Anaheim's interest in adding another right defenseman. Therefore, it's no surprise they immediately flipped the draft pick acquired earlier from Washington in the {P Dustin Penner} trade, and landed veteran rearguard Robidas--who has been injured for much of 2013-14. In Robidas, the Ducks get a proven performer and warrior on skates who should play on their third pairing with the likes of {P Bryan Allen}, {P Lucas Sbisa} and {P Mark Fistric}. Adding Robidas could also make Sbisa and Finnish prospect {P Sami Vatanen} available if GM {B Bob Murray} is to make a big splash.

What does it give the Dallas Stars
The Stars are still in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference, but they chose to deal veteran Robidas (a pending UFA) anyway. That's probably because they weren't confident in their ability to re-sign him, or felt the need to open up a roster spot for younger blueliners in the near future. Therefore, Dallas gets a fourth-round pick in this transaction, but also clears both a roster spot and a salary for other possible moves before the deadline.

Fantasy impact
Robidas must first get back healthy in order to help someone's fantasy team. Even then, he probably won't see much time on the power play in Anaheim, so his value doesn't really see a spike here. A potential loser after this deal may be Vatanen, if he's dealt or buried in the AHL as a result.

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Dallas Stars

a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2014