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Report: Leafs waive veteran d-man Robidas (Update: Maybe not)

Toronto Maple Leafs v Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs v Tampa Bay Lightning

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Looks as though 38-year-old blueliner Stephane Robidas will be hitting waivers today.

Per multiple reports, Toronto is set to put Robidas on the wire at noon ET, a move that comes just one year into the three-year, $9 million deal he signed last summer.

Robidas, who recovered from two serious leg fractures prior to signing with the Maple Leafs, never really fit into Toronto’s lineup. He appeared in just 52 games last season, missing time both with an upper-body injury and while sitting as a healthy scratch.

Unlike today’s other big waiver move -- Philly putting Andrew MacDonald on the wire -- Robidas won’t give Toronto much financial relief (should he clear waivers and head to the AHL Marlies). Because he was signed as an over-35 player, the Leafs can only recoup $100,000 of his $3M cap hit.

UPDATE: There’s some uncertainty as to Robidas’ status, and if he’ll be actually be subjected to waivers. Sportsnet reports that he won’t be on the club’s opening night roster, and head coach Mike Babcock said Robidas is dealing with a knee injury.

An injury could allow Toronto to place Robidas on IR to open the campaign, giving the club additional time to decide how to proceed.