This afternoon, it was announced that the New Jersey Devils have signed 27-year-old center Travis Zajac to a long-term contract extension. The terms of the deal, while not formally announced, are believed to be $46 million over eight years. The eight year deal marks the longest contract a player can receive, under the new CBA agreement, as a returning player. These terms equate to $5.75 million per season.
Described to the press today as “ a true Devil” by GM Lou Lamoriello, Travis Zajac has been a perfect fit with the Devils during his six years with the team. Drafted in the first round (20th overall), Zajac has amassed 225 points in 423 regular season games. Zajac missed most of the 2011-2012 season due to injury, but returned for the playoffs during which he scored 14 points in 24 games.
I am very pleased to see the Devils retain Zajac’s services for such a long period of time. He is more often noted for his passing abilities, proving to be the glue in a once-dominant line of Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner. Regardless of the fact that his two line mates are now in other uniforms, Zajac is a young, talented center with playmaking abilities and an underrated slapshot that never ceases to amaze me. With Kovalchuk as the only forward signed long term, it is a great step in the right direction for the Devils to have Zajac locked up for the foreseeable future.