Expect to see plenty of Travis Zajac over the next few years as the New Jersey Devils have made a major commitment to the center. According to a Tweet from Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, Zajac signed an eight year, $46 million deal that includes a no-trade clause. The contract also is not front-loaded according to Kypreos, with Zajac receiving $3.5 million in the first year, $5 million in the second, $6.5 million in the third through sixth seasons and $5.75 million in the final two years of the deal.
“During his time in New Jersey, Travis Zajac has become a solid, all-situation player and one of the core leaders of our hockey club,” Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement
Last season was pretty much a write off for Zajac, who underwent surgery in the summer to repair an Achillies tendon tear that forced hoim out of the first half of the season. His return was stalled by the need to rest the Achillies and as a result he was limited to just two goals in 15 regular-season games. But he did come back strong in the playoffs, netting seven goals in 24 games.
For his career, Zajac has scored 91 goals and 164 assists in 423 regular-season games. In playoff competition, Zajac has scored 10 goals and 16 assists in 52 games.
He made his professional debut with Albany (AHL) in 2005-06 after two seasons at North Dakota (WCHA). While with the Fighting Sioux, Zajac advanced to the NCAA Championship as a freshman and Frozen Four tournament as a sophomore; and was named to the 2005 WCHA All-Rookie, NCAA Championship All-Tournament and NCAA East All-Tournament Teams.