Ramblings: Regular Season Begins, Robertson, Weegar Contracts; Real Live Draft Time (Oct 7)

Ian Gooding


Amid all the playoff baseball and preseason NHL games still taking place, the NHL regular season officially started on Friday in Prague. The Predators, led by a goal and an assist from Kiefer Sherwood, skated to a 4-1 win over the Sharks. I had wondered why up-and-comer Philip Tomasino wasn't in the lineup while fringe NHLer Sherwood was, but this turned out to be a good call on the boxscore even if it annoyed fantasy teams. We'll have to wait and see whether Tomasino is added to the lineup for today's game.

Juuse Saros stopped 30 of 31 shots to earn the win for the Predators. James Reimer was your opening-game starter for the Sharks, stopping 28 of 31 shots he faced in the loss.

So that I don't sound overly redundant (and because I prewrote much of the below content earlier in the week), I'll break down the Predators and Sharks series in more detail tomorrow.

In a late Wednesday night news drop, the Dallas Stars announced that they had finally signed restricted free agent Jason Robertson. Player and team have agreed to a four-year contract with a cap hit of $7.75 million.

Given Robertson's trajectory as an impact player (41 goals in his second NHL season), this seems like a fair deal for the Stars, especially when the $9+ million contracts of the declining Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are on the books for another three seasons. Robertson will still be an RFA at the end of the four years. Maybe the Stars were hesitant to commit long-term, and that could be related to how the Seguin and Benn deals are aging.

According to Frozen Tools, only two lines had better production than the Stars' top duo of Robertson, Joe Pavelski, and Roope Hintz last season.