Eight Years of Devils Centermen Travis Zajac
Travis Zajac, who we all know and love, has re-signed with the New Jersey Devils for 8 more years! It’s the first contract under the new CBA and averages out to $5.75 million a year, total of $46 million over the next 8 years – prime Zajac time!
Zajac was selected 20th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils and has been with us ever since. He has put up 91 goals and 164 assists in 423 regular season NHL games. On March 17, 2011, Zajac became the Devils record holder for most consecutive games played, passing Ken Daneyko’s record of 388.
While he missed most of last season due to an Achille’s injury, Zajac came back just in time to get to work. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, he scored his 2nd career overtime goal against the Florida Panthers that led us to game 7, where we won in double overtime.
We’re not the only ones that are excited about his new contract, here are a few statements that have come from the team.
“I want to be here. I believe in this organization. I think it is a first-class organization. It’s the environment I want to surround myself on and off the ice, and my family loves New Jersey. We like the people here. We like living here. With all that and the players and coaching staff, I think we have a great chance here to always be successful.” – Zajac
“It’s great news. He’s such a prototypical New Jersey Devil. He’s a big strong guy. He plays the right way. He plays both ends of the rink. Centermen like that are very hard to find. It’s nice that he got rewarded, and he deserves it.” – Peter DeBoer
“To be able to lock him in for that many years I think that secures our top centerman spot for a long time, I think it’s great for the organization.” – Martin Brodeur