Ducks busy dealing before trade deadline

Ducks busy dealing before trade deadline
March 4, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Anaheim sent backup goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton and shipped forward Dustin Penner to Washington on Tuesday. (USATSI)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Although Stephane Robidas isn't a flashy player, the sturdy defenseman could be exactly what the high-flying Anaheim Ducks need in their Stanley Cup chase.

The Ducks acquired Robidas from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round pick in this year's draft.

The deal was one of three made by the overall NHL leaders on the day before the league's trade deadline. Anaheim also sent backup goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton and shipped forward Dustin Penner to Washington, ending his second stint with the club.

Although the 37-year-old Robidas won't return from a broken leg for at least two more weeks, the Ducks were eager to acquire a veteran defenseman with superior passing skills and a nasty edge to his game.