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After the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup last season, Robby Fabbri was a restricted free agent. Fabbri signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Blues, but his agent told general manager Doug Armstrong: if Fabbri wasn’t going to be a regular in the lineup, the 23-year-old wanted a fresh start with a new team. Armstrong agreed, but asked Fabbri and his agent to be patient.
Fabbri, St. Louis’ 2014 first-round pick, was a scratch for eight of the team’s first 17 games. The Blues lost Vladimir Tarasenko for at least five months, and Fabbri still couldn’t crack the regular lineup. When he got in, he was averaging less than 10 minutes per game. So one month into the season, Fabbri and Armstrong met. This time, a trade felt imminent.
“It was tough, because I didn’t know when it was going to happen, or where I was going to go,” Fabbri said in a phone interview this week. “But I knew it was probably going it happen.”
On Wednesday night in Edmonton, Fabbri was sitting in the press box yet again, his fifth-straight game as a healthy scratch. That’s when Armstrong delivered the news. Fabbri was heading from the defending Stanley Cup champs to the Detroit Red Wings … the worst team in the league (the Red Wings had lost 12 of 13 games, and had been outscored 57-12 in that span).
“I was just really excited for the opportunity to prove myself,” Fabbri said.
The next day he was on a commercial […]