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Devils re-sign Travis Zajac to new contract

The New Jersey Devils and restricted free agent center Travis Zajac avoided arbitration and agreed on a four year, $15.55 million dollar deal.

During the 2008-2009 season, Zajac set a career highs with 20 goals, 42 assists and 62 points. He also led the team with a +33 rating.

Zajac’s contract will pay him an average of $3,887,500. His new deal will pay him $2.75 million in 2009-2010, $3.5 million in 2010-2011, $4.5 million in 2011-2012, $4.8 million in 2012-2013.

Zajac’s average salary ranks fourth on the team, behind Patrick Elias, Martin Brodeur and Brian Rolston.

My thoughts:

Zajac played very well last year, anchoring the ZZ Pop line that was the Devils’ offensive force. With him wrapped up for four years, the Devils don’t have to worry about messing up the chemistry, especially whatever is forming between him and Zach Parise, the team’s most talented offensive player.

Not only will it help with chemistry, but the cap hit isn’t significant. Even in the last year of the deal, the Devils will only be on the hook for $4.8 million. That allows Lou to have some cap flexibility down the road, and it locks up a potentially talented all-star player for less than he’d receive on the open market.

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