Late Wednesday evening, the Dallas Stars and restricted free agent forward Jason Robertson put pen to paper on a four-year contract, ending the 23-year-old’s holdout.
Having skipped training camp and preseason thus far, the Arcadia, CA. product was holding out for a new deal, and according to many familiar with the situation, he was not planning on budging from his $8 million per year ask.
Robertson ended up getting very close to his demand, in what turned out to be a four-year, $31 million contract that will run through the 2025-26 season with the Stars. The new deal will carry an average annual value of $7.75 million.
“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,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said Thursday night.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward led Dallas with 41 goals, while added another 38 assists for 79 points in 74 regular season games last year. Through 128 games, Robertson is operating at a point-per-game pace, having amassed 58 goals and 125 points along the way.
Trailing only Joe Pavelski in points last year (81), Robertson also led the Stars in power-play goals (13), shots on goal (220) and shooting percentage (18.6 percent). He had another goal and four points in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games last spring.
“Since he was drafted by our organization, he has worked tirelessly to become a better player every day,” Nill added. “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.”
Dallas chose Robertson 39th overall in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft. He finished second in Calder Trophy voting to Kirill Kaprizov following his rookie season in 2020-21, to which he scored 17 times and had 45 points in 51 games.