The biggest storyline this week has been whether or not 40-goal scorer Jason Robertson will be present when Dallas Stars Training Camp begins on Thursday. Per Jim Nill this morning, the team has yet to sign the 23-year-old and he will not be participating in camp.
"We have had negotiations that are ongoing here steadily over the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately, he won't be there," said Nill. We hope he gets here as soon as possible but that is where it stands."
Nill was reluctant to dive much deeper into the negotiations and especially what was holding things up between them.
Robertson reached the end of his entry-level contract following the 2021-22 and was due a significant raise after leading the team in goals (41) and plus/minus (plus-16) and finishing second in overall points (79). Comparing his worth to similar players like Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou in St. Louis, it is likely that Robertson and his agent want to find a deal that makes him between $7 and $8 million annually. The big question remains: will he sign long-term or on a bridge deal?
"We're open to anything, we have had good conversations," Nill continued.
With all that is surrounding the Stars team: a new coaching staff, plenty of new faces, veterans looking to re-find their game, and highly-touted youngsters trying to make the cut, it feels like the longer this drags out, the worse it will be for everyone. But Nill has remained patient and says he will not panic as they work through all avenues.
"I am not too worried about panicking," Nill said. "It's part of the business. I can control what I can control, and that is all we can do. It's a great opportunity for somebody else."
- Goaltender Anton Khudobin has yet to be cleared following hip surgery but Nill expects him to be available at camp.
- Forward Nick Caamano had back surgery and will be out for 3-4 months.
- Defenseman Gavin White broke his orbital bone in Traverse City and underwent surgery Wednesday. His timetable is unknown.