The month of September is finally here and we’ve got more NHL rumours ready to ramp up. There are still a number of players out there and training camp is getting close. Team executives would love to get some of these players into the fold before camp. One such player is the Calder Trophy-runner up from 2020-21. Today’s NHL rumours looks at what the next Jason Robertson contract may look like.
All NHL rumours come from the original source and are subject to change.
Jason Robertson Deal Options
A mailbag that tries to calm you about Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger, raises more questions about what their deals look like, and gets to other items like the young prospects and Patrick Kane. https://t.co/afHIJaghZc
— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) August 29, 2022
Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News took a look at what the next deal for Robertson may look like. Dallas had two large headaches with restricted free agents Jake Oettinger and Robertson yet to be signed.
However, Dallas took care of one of those problems by inking Oettinger to a three-year deal worth $12 million or a $4 million cap hit. The focus now shifts to Robertson, who is coming off a sensational 41-goal season with the Stars. There was no sophomore slump for the Arcadia, Calif. native after his 17 goals during his rookie year.
Dallas has now shifted its focus to nailing down Robertson to some form of contract. The Stars currently have $6.3 million in cap space, so there may have to be some moving of money to make a deal happen.
Of course, an offer sheet could force Nill’s hand. However, teams haven’t pulled that card this season for some reason.
What it Means
Our own Aaron Itovitch did a prediction piece on what Robertson’s next contract may bring in during his top five RFA predictions. He predicted that the 23-year-old would want a deal similar to the $8 million that Robert Thomas, Nick Suzuki and Joshua Norris are getting. Robertson will likely want at least that in his new deal.
Stars general manager Jim Nill is sometimes hesitant in giving younger players big-money deals. This likely means Robertson will probably get a bridge deal. DeFranks states that the American forward will get a deal similar to what Matthew Tkachuk got a few seasons ago from the Calgary Flames. Tkachuk got a three-year deal with a $7 million cap hit. Another comparable is what the Vancouver Canucks did for Elias Pettersson. The Swede inked a three-year contract worth $7.35 million a year.
Dallas does want to make sure Robertson is signed for the upcoming season. Hopefully, the salary cap goes up soon so players can start getting the rewards for more revenue coming into the league.
Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov, Dallas Stars forward Jason Robertson, and Carolina Hurricanes goalie Alex Nedeljkovic have been named finalists for the Calder Trophy this season: https://t.co/EIQw1tn7w0#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/nkjD7tzw8T
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 3, 2021