Everyone across the NHL has noticed the absence of 40-goal scorer Jason Robertson at the Dallas Stars’ training camp because the team and the restricted free agent haven’t agreed on a new contract.
But one team in particular is reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation as the Buffalo Sabres are believed to have inquired about Robertson in potential trade talks.
Last season, Robertson had a base salary of $750,000, the end of a $2.775 million, three-year contract. He still has five more years before he has the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent, but he obviously is looking for more money and surely can command it. He posted 41 goals and 38 assists for 79 points in his 74 games in 2021-22 and has a bright future ahead of him.
Now, the question is: is that future in Dallas?
The rumblings that the Sabres are interested in finding out what it might take to pry Robertson out of Dallas also raise a lot of questions. Could the Sabres afford him and what kind of moves would it take to get Robertson’s rights from the Stars and what kind of money is he after…?
GM Jim Nill in Dallas has made it clear that the Stars are open to a long-term extension or a bridge contract for Robertson.
If Robertson feels that he is not getting the offers he deserves and remains on the sidelines when the seasons starts, the Stars could look into a trade that would be quite significant.
It would remain to be seen how much the Sabres are willing to pay and part with in order to get Robertson on board.
The Stars open the regular season Oct. 13 at Nashville. And for now, Robertson remains unsigned and out of the lineup.