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Stars must prioritize re-signing Jason Robertson, Jake Oettinger. Will it be long-term?

Dallas projects to have roughly $12.5 million available to spend on the talented young twosome.

The Stars appear done adding — outside of potential AHL depth moves — meaning Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger become the top priorities. Based on a rough projection of the Dallas roster, the Stars have around $12.5 million available to re-sign Robertson and Oettinger (both RFAs).

That may be enough money to bring both back on long-term deals (as opposed to bridge deals). Is that the organization’s goal?

“I can’t say one way or the other,” White said. “We’re in negotiations with those players. I think we’ll get some deals done. In terms of the length, that’ll be up to them. We’ll sort it out and how we want to go about it.”

If the Stars go long-term on Robertson, he could come in around (or maybe higher) than the $8.125 million that Robert Thomas just signed for in St. Louis. Oettinger could come in higher than Carter Hart’s $3.979 million cap hit in Philadelphia.

White said “at this particular juncture,” the Stars do not feel the need to clear cap space — which likely would have involved trading Radek Faksa, Denis Gurianov or Anton Khudobin.

“There are two things to do that we have to do and those things will take care of itself,” White said.

Briefly: White addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon because Stars GM Jim Nill tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Dallas from the draft in Montreal. Nill was available all day on Microsoft Teams.

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