New Jersey Devils: Five Teams Travis Zajac Might Say Yes To

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New Jersey Devils Travis Zajac
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Washington Capitals

As clearly shown here, depth at center is what Zajac would provide for any championship-level team. He isn’t going to move the needle for anyone offensively but he does bring a valuable two-way game along with some leadership. The Washinton Capitals are pretty set on the leadership part but you can never have too many responsible centers.

They obviously have Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov centering their top two lines and they aren’t going anywhere. They also have Lars Eller on their third line and he is likely going to stay there as well. Eller is one of the most underappreciated players in the league. He has been great for Washington. If Zajac wanted to go there, his spot would likely be on the fourth line.

Zajac might be okay with that at this point in his career. He would still be on a line with some decent players while playing his role to the best of his ability. The most important thing would be a really good chance of having a deep playoff run once again. Washington is one of the very best teams in the league so he would be able to ride that wave with them. He would certainly be good in a limited role at even strength along with what he brings on the penalty kill. Saying yes to Washington would be smart for any player in the league, but especially Zajac.

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It is not even a lock that the Devils are even considering trading Zajac. All that is known is that some teams have tried and never succeeded. Zajac only has one year left on his deal so saying which teams would benefit him to say yes to would be good for his chances at hoisting the Cup one day.