The biggest worry of Stars fans is a worry no more.
On Wednesday, just after the Stars preseason game in Colorado, Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced that Dallas has signed forward Jason Robertson to a four-year contract extension worth $7.75 million per year.
“Jason is an integral part of the present and future of our team and we’re thrilled to have him for the next four years,” said Nill. “Since he was drafted by our organization, he has worked tirelessly to become a better player every day. His knack for scoring goals and seeing plays develop on the ice are just some of the tremendous assets that he brings to our team. He is one of the best young players in the NHL and we look forward to seeing him continue to progress.”
Robertson (23), is coming off a career year, recording 41 goals and 79 points in 2021-22. He is just the fourth player in Dallas history to reach the 40-goal mark.
The California native missed the first two weeks of training camp and the preseason in search of his newest contract but the two sides were able to complete a deal prior to the final preseason game and more importantly, before opening night on Oct. 13.
After similarly matched forwards Robert Thomas (8 years, $65 million), Jordan Kyrou (8 years, $65 million), and Mat Barzal (8 years, $73.2 million) signed massive extensions this summer, the expected salary and term began to rise. In the end, Robertson and Dallas opted for a bridge deal of four years which allows the Stars to maintain their current roster (although they likely will keep one less player active) and should allow Robertson to cash in big with a higher salary cap in four years.