A personal assistant for every NHL player would be an absolute steal for any NHL team, but it wouldn’t be nearly as valuable as it would be for the Dallas Stars.
It would take just $3,000 to have the same amount of a personal assistant as the New York Rangers ($3.2 million).
The salary of the Stars’ personal assistant is not that high, and even if it was, they’d only be paying him $2.9 million per season.
So who are the Dallas’ personal assistants?
The most notable of these is Ryan Garbutt, who plays the position of video assistant for the Stars.
Garbutt’s been with the team since the 2013-14 season, and was hired by Dallas GM Jim Nill when he was the team’s head coach.
He has a contract through 2018-19, so Dallas could easily use him to keep the peace and keep the players on the same page.
Another one of Garbutt.
Photo by Mike Roemer.
Garbutt’s role in the organization has been well-documented.
He’s the head of video analytics and player safety, and he was one of the few to get to know Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
Garbas’s role with the Stars has been less well-known, but he’s also been working as a personal-assistant for a number of different coaches.
The most recent of these was Dave Tippett, who is in charge of player safety in Dallas.
Garbas was an integral part of the team when the Stars were at the forefront of the NHL in the 2013 season.
After going 2-7-1 in 2013-2014, Dallas went on a 10-game winning streak and were in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Stars went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2016.
However, Dallas is coming off a disappointing year, finishing with a record of 30-39-10 and making it to the Western Conference Final, but finishing in the bottom of the conference in goals scored and points.
It’s also the first year the Stars have lost their first two games in the Western conference finals, as they fell to the San Jose Sharks in six games.
Dallas has been without Garbutt since the end of December, but they did get to sign him to a contract extension in December.
Garbits first full season with the franchise came in 2018-2019, where he was credited with a career-high 38 points in 77 games.
Garbuts offensive numbers dipped in 2019-20, as he was not as productive as he had been the previous season.
Garbitts defensive play was a big reason for that, as the Stars had a combined minus-19 rating in 2018 and 2019.
The contract extension also includes a $2 million signing bonus.
It is likely that Dallas is in line for Garbutt to be the team-best paid personal assistant, and this year’s contract is a steal.
The salary is well below what the team was paying the man who played such a huge role in Dallas’ success.