New Jersey, he’ll at all times be a Satan. Travis Zajac
has signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils earlier than saying his retirement from a taking part in profession that lasted greater than 1,000 video games. Zajac will stay with the Devils group in an on/off-ice participant growth and consulting position, whereas additionally working to develop the membership’s youth hockey initiatives. The veteran ahead thanked everybody alongside the best way, whereas Devils managing associate David Blitzer launched a press release as properly.
“Throughout his 15-year NHL profession, Travis Zajac’s constant preparation, dedication and efficiency epitomized what it meant to be a New Jersey Satan. Win or lose, Travis’ teammates, coaches and followers might at all times depend on him to play the suitable means. I’m thrilled that Travis, his spouse Nicole and their youngsters will proceed to make New Jersey their residence, and they are going to be a valued a part of the Devils group transferring ahead.”
Initially chosen twentieth general in 2004, Zajac could be within the NHL full-time by 2006-07 and by no means look again. He scored 17 objectives and 42 factors that rookie season, numbers that would appear routine for him over the subsequent decade. He reached a career-high of 25 objectives and 67 factors within the 2009-10 season and racked up 552 factors in 1,037 profession regular-season video games. All however 13 of these got here with the Devils group, although Zajac did have a brief sojourn with the New York Islanders earlier this 12 months, as GM Lou Lamoriello, who drafted him so a few years in the past, acquired the 36-year-old ahead for a playoff run.
Regardless of having a lot private success, Zajac truly didn’t get that many probabilities to go well with up within the postseason. He managed simply 71 playoff video games over his lengthy profession, solely as soon as going deep, the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012. A dependable two-way presence, he did obtain Selke Trophy votes in seven totally different seasons, ending sixth in 2010.
Now hanging up his skates, he’ll be part of the identical Devils group that has at all times been his residence and assist the subsequent wave of expertise attain the NHL.