Assuming Zajac has the equivalent of 50 to 60 point season, someone will offer him more than $ 5/25. Probably something along the lines of 6/36 or 5/30. Whatever the number, the Jets (and I'm sure a lot of other teams I can't think of right now) will have as much money coming off the books as the Devils.
At least as of October he was working out in Winnipeg, so obviously the place has some appeal to him on a personal level. He's also hockey royalty there, so the Jets fanbase would be clamoring for him. A lot like that other guy from this past summer.
Just because someone makes their offseason home somewhere doesn't mean they want to live there full-time. Did Andy Greene go to Detroit? David Clarkson go to arbitration, take a one year deal, and go to Toronto? Hey, I remember seeing a Devils fan convinced that Brodeur was going to Montreal in 1998. It's 2012, he's still not there. Even though we had to sit through, again, people saying he would go there even though it made no sense.
The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't even have a regular player last year who was born in Ontario. Not one. Don Cherry ranted about it. And it's because, in part, playing for your hometown team is a burden. One, people expect you to be great and if you're not it's a disappointment. Two, you have friends and family badgering you for tickets all the time, not just when you come to town. Three, if it's a hockey-mad area, and Winnipeg is certainly that, you're recognized around town all the time and have no privacy at all. Some guys are willing to take that on. Travis Zajac probably already gets that in NJ but only because he looks like Paul Rudd. Regardless, it's not an accident that Parise ended up in Minnesota, but he wasn't going there without Suter. That was a critical piece of his going to the Wild - had Ryan stayed in Nashville, Zach would have stayed in New Jersey, according to Michael Russo.
I'm tired of the paranoia that the Devils will constantly lose their players. Yes, they've lost plenty over the years. They've also kept plenty. And that's how it should be.
Edited by Triumph, 29 November 2012 - 04:10 PM.