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Robertson pens 4-year, $31M deal with Stars

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The Dallas Stars put an end to their contract standoff with restricted free-agent star Jason Robertson by signing him to a four-year, $31-million extension Wednesday.

The forward's new deal carries an average annual value of $7.75 million. He will remain a restricted free agent once it expires.

A key part of the Stars' top line last season alongside Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski, Robertson led the Stars in goals (41), power-play tallies (13), shots (220), and shooting percentage (18.6). He also ranked second on the team with 79 points in 74 games.

"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 in a statement.

"Since he was drafted by our organization, he has worked tirelessly to become a better player every day. 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."

Robertson also posted strong underlying numbers in 2021-22: The Stars controlled 60.7% of the goals, 58.2% of the expected goals, and 60.2% of the scoring chances with the 23-year-old on the ice at five-on-five, per Natural Stat Trick. As one of the drivers of the Stars' firepower, Robertson's 3.78 goals for and 3.28 expected goals for per 60 minutes ranked best on the team.

Selected in the second round (No. 39) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Robertson finished second to the Minnesota Wild's Kirill Kaprizov for Calder Trophy honors in 2020-21.

Robertson has amassed 58 goals and 67 assists across 128 regular-season outings with the Stars.

The Stars only have one game remaining on their preseason slate before the puck drops on Dallas' 2022-23 campaign on Oct. 13 against the Nashville Predators.

Robertson wasn't the only key restricted free agent the Stars had on their hands: Dallas signed young goaltender Jake Oettinger to a three-year, $12-million pact in early September.

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