The Dallas Stars signed star winger Jason Robertson to a four-year contract capped at $7.75 million.
Robertson was a restricted free agent heading into the regular season with no deal after completing his entry-level contract. He will earn most of the money in the last three seasons, with just a salary of $1.5 million and a signing bonus of $3 million in the first year, followed by salaries of $8 million, $9.2 million and $9.3 million in the other three seasons. The closest comparables for success on his new contract are Sean Couturier and another young winger in Andrei Svechnikov.
Robertson is coming off a stellar 2021-22 campaign, finishing above a point per game with 41 goals, 38 assists and 79 points in 74 games on a dynamic line with Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski. This was after an impressive rookie season where he had 45 points in 51 games and finished second to Calder in voting out Kirill Kaprizov.
Along with an excellent point total, Robertson is also one of the best playmakers in the league. He finished the 2021-22 season with a shot attempt share of 55.84% and an expected goal share of 59.63% at even strength, largely due to his attacking ability, as he ranked 36th among forwards in shot attempts per 60 minutes and 19th in goals expected per 60 minutes. His defense isn’t as solid, but it’s passable and he more than makes up for it with his offense.
With the signing, the Stars now have all of their contracts taken care of for the season, with Robertson and goalkeeper Jake Oettinger being their biggest concerns on the FRG front. They also added Mason Marchment to their forward lineup, along with Colin Miller at fullback as they look to build on a strong seven-game streak against the Calgary Flames.