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Devils Sign Forward Travis Zajac to Eight-Year Deal

The New Jersey Devils have signed center Travis Zajac to a long-term contract.

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Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the deal on Wednesday, shortly after Zajac scored a goal in a scrimmage against Albany of the AHL. The deal will run eight years, and pay Zajac, who should be the No. 1 center this season, $46 million.

Lamoriello said the two sides had started to work on the new contract before the NHL lockout began in September. They finished it after the league and its players finalized a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement last week earlier this month.

The 27-year-old Zajac is set to enter his seventh season with the Devils. An Achilles’ injury limited himĀ  to 15 regular-season games last year, but he stepped up in the playoffs and scored seven goals in helping New Jersey reach the Stanley Cup finals.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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