Under terms of the new deal Robertson will earn $550,000 if playing in the NHL in the first year of the contract, and $575,000 if in the NHL in the second year. He’ll earn $60,000 for years spent in the American Hockey League under the deal. The contract also came with a $120,000 signing bonus.
Robertson says that its been a quick process the way everything played out and is currently in Charlotte getting adjusted to his new surroundings.
“It’s exciting. Everything’s been moving really quick for me lately. I’m currently in a hotel in Charlotte. Its kind of been a whirlwind,” he says. “Its been in the works for a bit. It was known at the end of our season that we’d begin negotiations for the contract. It worked out well.”
He adds that he just met Checkers coach Jeff Daniels this morning and had his first skate with the team today as their seventh defenceman.
“I just met him this morning and had a first skate there with the guys. They just want to get me involved in there. I’m just going to go in and try to learn as much as I can. I don’t expect to be in the lineup any time soon because they have six healthy defenceman but he said I’m their seventh defenceman. They didn’t give me a specific date or a guarantee of games played. I’m really excited.
Robertson was the team captain for the Bears this season where he registered six goals and 11 assists along with a plus minus rating of plus 11. He led the team with 56 blocked shots and had 78 penalty minutes. He was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, and a finalist for the ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman.
Originally a sixth round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011, Robertson was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes as part of a deal that saw John-Michael Liles sent to Carolina for Tim Gleason.