Then and Now: Randy Robitaille

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After a 40-point campaign with the Minnesota Wild in 2005-2006, Randy Robitaille joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in the summer of 2006. The now 37-year-old forward played all of 28 games with the Orange and Black before being dealt to a divisional rival.

In his 28 games with Philly, Robitaille totaled five goals and 12 helpers. His first goal with the Flyers came against Johan Hedberg in a 3-2 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers on October 26th, 2006. His final goal in a Flyers’ sweater came on November 30th, as he beat Mike Dunham in a Philly 3-2 decision over the New York Islanders.

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Robitaille was traded to the Isles shortly after that goal. Philly shipped him and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to New York for Mike York. The Islanders took Matt Martin with pick from Philadelphia.

The forward posted 23 points in 50 regular season games with the Isles before helping the club in the postseason. Robitaille took part in all five games of New York’s ECQF series against the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres. He compiled two helpers, eight PIMs, and a minus-5 rating.

Robitaille then started the 2007-2008 regular season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl over in Russia. The group of Semyon Varlamov, Daniel Tjarnqvist, Igor Ulanov, Konstantin Rudenko, Andrei Loktionov, and Alexei Yashin. Robitaille had three goals and five helpers in 14 tilts before returning to the NHL to play for the Ottawa Senators.

The former Flyer posted 29 points in 68 games before he participated in his final two NHL postseason games. As the Sens were swept in the opening round of the 2008 NHL playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Robitaille was plus-1 with an assist.

Robitaille then joined HC Lugano for the 2008-2009 season in Switzerland’s NLA. Lugano also iced David Aebischer, Patrick Thoresen, and Kevin Romy. The former Flyer posted crooked stats, as he produced 28 points over 30 games. Only one of his 28 points was a goal.

In the 2009 NLA postseason, Robitaille took part in all seven games of Lugano’s opening round loss to the fourth-seeded HC Davos. He had two goals, one assist, and 22 PIMs.

In the 2009-2010 campaign, Robitaille remained with Lugano and posted impressive numbers. His 65 points in 50 games was good enough to lead the league in scoring, as his 49 assists also led the league. He finished the 2009-2010 NLA regular season with seven more points than Damien Brunner.

As for the 2010 NLA postseason, Robitaille and Lugano were eliminated in the Quarterfinals. The former Flyer suited up for three of those playoff games and posted an assist as well as 30 PIMs.

Robitaille returned to North America in 2010 to join the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. After a 19-point campaign in 28 games with the Rampage, Robitaille joined the KHL, where he has been since.

The 2011-2012 season saw Robitaille with Metallurg Novokuznetsk, who also boasted Brent Sopel, Sergei Brylin, and Chris Simon. The forward had 13 goals and 13 assists in 53 games for Metallurg, as well as 52 PIMs. Robitaille and Metallurg Novokuznetsk failed to reach the 2012 KHL postseason.

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Robitaille started the 2012-2013 campaign with Metallurg Novokuznetsk and provided 33 points in 38 games before joining Donbass Donetsk. He suited up for just 11 games with Donbass Donetsk in 2012-2013, as he produced four goals and five assists.

So far in the 2013-2014 KHL season, Robitaille has one assist in one game with Donbass Donetsk.