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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

I like Zajac a lot, but this IS a bit of a gamble. The last two seasons haven't been great for Travis, though he showed signs of regaining his previous form in the playoffs. LL clearly did this thinking Zajac can regain his '08-'09 and '09-'10 form. I would love Zajac to be that player again...the guy comes off as not only hardworking, but extremely likeable as well.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

The people on TSN are flaming NJ and Lou too, but keep in mind these are the same people that are still convinced that the Devils still play the trap lol.


They clearly just don't get it, nor watch the Devils. Zajac means do much more to this team than his goal totals, yet that's all the brainiac fans at TSN talk about.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

They clearly just don't get it, nor watch the Devils. Zajac means do much more to this team than his goal totals, yet that's all the brainiac fans at TSN talk about.


Couldn't agree more. Even the Devils fans on TSN know nothing.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

This contract certainly has some question marks and might have Devils fans scratching their heads if Zajac had played for another team. Anyone is allowed to have some doubts about this deal, and any criticism is fair. But it's a player the Devils needed locked up moving forward.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

I like Zajac a lot, but this IS a bit of a gamble. The last two seasons haven't been great for Travis, though he showed signs of regaining his previous form in the playoffs. LL clearly did this thinking Zajac can regain his '08-'09 and '09-'10 form. I would love Zajac to be that player again...the guy comes off as not only hardworking, but extremely likeable as well.


In his last full season he got 44 points.. I like Zajac as much as anyone but can anyone tell me that he is worth 5.75 a year
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

This contract certainly has some question marks and might have Devils fans scratching their heads if Zajac had played for another team. Anyone is allowed to have some doubts about this deal, and any criticism is fair. But it's a player the Devils needed locked up moving forward.


It's so hard to tell how good a guy is at preventing goals if you don't see him every game. We, the Devils fans, know how valuable Zajac is to creating a good goal differential but people outside constant watchers only look at his G, A, and Pts to see what he does for a team.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I think this boosts NJ's confidence again after losing ZP and all that uncertainty. Yeah ZP is gone and Marty is aging but we have a promising defense in the future, we are completely set at center, we have our big player in Kovalchuk.

This is going to be a good year, I very nice mix of vets and tons of young bloods, and of course a guy like Kovalchuk in his prime and producing his best hockey.

Lets go devils!
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

I hope so.

Him getting the 'C' makes much more sense to me than Salvador


Not to single you out, because a lot of people are saying this, but why do you people think you know better than the coaching staff about who is a good leader in the locker room? Seems kind of naive to me to say things like this. We've never been in the locker room and don't know anything about the relationships of these players off the ice. Just because Zajac is going to be here for awhile doesn't mean he's a good leader.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

long live to zajac love lou for sure
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

In his last full season he got 44 points.. I like Zajac as much as anyone but can anyone tell me that he is worth 5.75 a year

Somebody should look up his point total under Lemaire that year. Everyones stats were messed up with Maclean that season.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

Not to single you out, because a lot of people are saying this, but why do you people think you know better than the coaching staff about who is a good leader in the locker room? Seems kind of naive to me to say things like this. We've never been in the locker room and don't know anything about the relationships of these players off the ice. Just because Zajac is going to be here for awhile doesn't mean he's a good leader.

That's a good point but look at it externally for a second. Who gets the C is just as important to the fan base as it is the team. Zajac is a guy that's a draft pick, been a top forward for us for a while and just got signed to a long deal, vs. Sal who (not to sh!t on him) but is older, a bit of a journey man and not as good a player as Zajac. Besides, if Sal is the leader he is assumed to be, he should do it regardless of what letter he gets
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

It's not a great deal - Zajac is unlikely to beat it - but they can't all be winners, and with Kovalchuk as the only forward signed long-term, I think it's a perfectly cromulent gamble. Zajac can play 20 minutes a night, PP, PK, and is a great defensive center.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

Glad we locked up Zajac. One less headache to deal with come 7/1/13.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

That's a good point but look at it externally for a second. Who gets the C is just as important to the fan base as it is the team. Zajac is a guy that's a draft pick, been a top forward for us for a while and just got signed to a long deal, vs. Sal who (not to sh!t on him) but is older, a bit of a journey man and not as good a player as Zajac. Besides, if Sal is the leader he is assumed to be, he should do it regardless of what letter he gets

We are not Montreal or Toronto where the fanbase practically controls the team. Whoever the coaching staff picks as the Captain is the best choice for the team because they know best.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

2 goals for zajac in the game so far, i guess the mils are giving him the incentive.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

Not to single you out, because a lot of people are saying this, but why do you people think you know better than the coaching staff about who is a good leader in the locker room? Seems kind of naive to me to say things like this. We've never been in the locker room and don't know anything about the relationships of these players off the ice. Just because Zajac is going to be here for awhile doesn't mean he's a good leader.


This is obviously a very fair and true point, noone besides the players and coaches in the room know who is truly a good leader. Any sort of suggestions/recommendations we make as fans are purely speculative.

But, for me personally, I like to see long-term captaincies and the legacies that come with them. In this example, I think Sal has one more good year with the Devils. To give him the 'C' seems pointless since it'd have to be reassigned in two years, best case scenario.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

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