Posted January 16, 2013 on AP on Fox

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils scores a second period goal against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils have signed center Travis Zajac to a long-term contract. 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 him 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.
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