Despite training camps already being underway, the Dallas Stars are without their best player in Jason Robertson
, who remains a restricted free agent.
The good news for Stars fans is that the two sides are said to be talking with one another on a daily basis, though they have not yet found common ground on a deal. One reason for that, though few have brought it up, is a lack of cap space.
The Stars currently have just over $6.3 million in available cap. That is a good amount, though not enough to sign Robertson. In fact, it may not be even close, as NHL insider Kevin Weekes mentioned in a tweet on Thursday morning that he believes the minimum salary to get a deal done for the 23-year-old is $8.4 million. This means that if the Stars are keen on getting something worked out, they would need to make a trade prior to the start of the season to be cap compliant.
From Robertson's perspective, $8.4 million per year seems more than reasonable. He has been incredible over his two NHL seasons, notching 125 points in just 128 games. He is a star talent and one who hasn't come close to reaching his potential just yet. Given his talent level, one would think a deal will get done prior to the start of the 2022-23 season, but that remains to be seen at this point.