Rivermanfan wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:05 pm
I read, I think on StL online that Fabs had requested a trade from Army before the season started. Army said he would work on it "but to have patience." That may explain some of Fabs play this year. He knew he was on the way out and maybe wanted to accelerate it. Anyway I think it will be good for him. He will get a real shot with the Red Wings that he was not going to get here. A player at his age needs to play, not sit. If he can't back it up in Detroit I think his NHL days may be over.
- Blues general manager Doug Armstrong informed Fabbri he had been traded to the Red Wings for forward Jacob de la Rose after the Blues’ 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch that Fabbri had requested a trade last summer.
“I asked him to be patient, and then he and I talked before this last road trip and we said if things don’t change I’ll certainly look to see what I can do,” Armstrong said. “Our team was playing good and he wasn’t getting on (the ice). So I tried to help him out and we were able to find a good situation with Detroit. It took a little while to get it done but I’m really happy for Robby because it gives him a great opportunity.”
At this stage of his career, Fabbri, 23, needs playing time. With the emergence of Sammy Blais in training camp and the preseason, and the work of Mackenzie MacEachern on the fourth line, there was little to no room for Fabbri in terms of playing time.
That became especially clear once Vladimir Tarasenko was lost for at least five months because of a shoulder surgery, and Fabbri still couldn’t crack the lineup.
“He missed like a half year, then a full year,” Armstrong said, referring to knee injuries that required surgery. “Then he came back (last season) and he played 30 games. He needs to play. He’s at that point. He’s done unbelievable work in his rehab. But our team’s been functioning well and (coach) Craig (Berube) goes with the group that’s had success. It’s difficult for people to get in there and he fell into that group. But I understand that.”
Fabbri appeared in nine games with the Blues this season, with one goal (scored Oct. 17 against Vancouver) and no assists. Averaging 9 minutes, 42 seconds of ice time per game, Fabbri was minus-4, second-worst on the team ahead of Justin Faulk’s minus-5.
“I’m a big Robby Fabbri fan and I told him that,” Armstrong said. “I really wish him well. We have a lot of players, so for Robby to get this opportunity it’s going to be very good. When he came here as a 19-year-old, we went to the (Stanley Cup) semifinals. Then we won the championship with him. So all my memories with Robby Fabbri are really positive and I wish him nothing but the best.”
https://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/ ... 55cbd.html