Robertson not at start of camp for Stars, remains without contract

FRISCO, Texas — Jason Robertson will not be with the Dallas Stars once they open coaching camp Thursday because the ahead remains without a contract.

“He’s disappointed he’s not at camp, we are too,” Stars basic supervisor Jim Nill mentioned Wednesday. “It is very important for a younger player and a new coaching staff. We do have some time on our side. We wish he gets here as soon as he can.”

Nill mentioned the 2 aspects were in consistent talks looking to negotiate a contract for Robertson, 23, a limited unfastened agent who led Dallas with 41 objectives and was once 2d with 79 issues closing season.

“We’ve had negotiations ongoing here steadily over the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately he won’t be there,” Nill mentioned. “We’re open to [either a bridge contract or long-term contract], but other than that, I don’t want to discuss anything. I’m not going to negotiate through the media. We’ve had good conversations.

“Anybody lacking camp is hard, so let’s hope this comes in combination temporarily.”

Coach Peter DeBoer, hired June 21 to replace Rick Bowness, who resigned May 20, said Robertson’s absence from camp will not change what he plans to do to get the Stars prepared for the season.

“I laid wakeful at evening with the joy of training Jason Robertson, 40-plus objectives, however he is not right here,” DeBoer said. “Until he will get right here, I will be able to’t spend any power on that.”

A second-round pick (No. 39) in the 2017 NHL Draft, Robertson has 125 points (58 goals, 67 assists) in 128 regular-season games and four points (one goal, three assists) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Goalie Jake Oettinger, who was a restricted free agent, signed a three-year, $12 million contract ($4 million average annual value) on Sept. 1.

“Anybody who is aware of [Jake] is aware of who he’s as a person, first of all,” Nill said. “High, high-end personality. First man at the ice and closing man off. He works onerous, he is dedicated to the sport, and performs for his teammates. We’re excited, we all know what he can do.”

The Stars (46-30-6) finished as the first wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference last season and lost to the Calgary Flames in seven games in the first round.

“This is one of the extra thrilling camps I’m having a look ahead to,” Nill said. “New training personnel, it is a contemporary start for so much of avid gamers. And once I glance at what we’ve got getting into the group, between the core that is been right here for 5-10 years since I’ve been right here, and now we have had a brand new inflow of ability — the Jake Oettingers, the Roope Hintz’s, the Jacob Peterson‘s coming in. All of a surprising now we have were given any other flush of avid gamers coming in which can be knocking at the door. We’re excited with the intensity, the brand new faces which can be knocking at the door, and the chance that is to be had for everyone.”

The Stars open the common season towards the Nashville Predators on Oct. 13.

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