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snazzu88 07-25-2013 06:21 PM

Travis Zajac
 
Just kind of curious to see what people think of him. He got that recent contract, which honestly I think was a bit too much, and he hasn't really preformed over the past two years.
However, he did show that when he has a weapon by his side (Parise), he can do some damage. Plus, being a Devils fan I've watched him play enough to know he's one of the best at face-offs and he's got heart.

And I'm not asking Devil fans to say that he's not going anywhere because he's untouchable. I would say the same thing for the most part, but this isn't the purpose of the thread.

KaossKing 07-25-2013 06:23 PM

the can of worms is open.....

TheRightWay 07-25-2013 06:27 PM

The word "untouchable" is very casually thrown around HFBoards.

snazzu88 07-25-2013 06:30 PM

Haha, don't see why people can't just answer a simple question such as the value of a player. :sarcasm:

Devils Trap 07-25-2013 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snazzu88 (Post 69614381)
Haha, don't see why people can't just answer a simple question such as the value of a player. :sarcasm:

Here is what will happen

Other teams fans = "Overpaid"
Devils' fans = Argue why he isnt overpaid. (He is but only by like 750k at the most)

NjDevsRR 07-25-2013 06:32 PM

Value is low right now, next season will be the first year on his big contract so lets see how he plays. Besides, he will always be more valuable to the Devils than any other team.

snazzu88 07-25-2013 06:33 PM

I'm not asking about his payment in price. Im am asking his value as a hockey player compared to other players of the game. As in which player would you compare him too in terms of skill and possible trade.

Maybe I should have stated that to clear it up a tad.

Zajacs Bowl Cut 07-25-2013 06:34 PM

this won't end well.

as a Devils fan, I would rather keep him and overpay a little bit than lose him for nothing. guys usually walk for nothing and people freak out on Lou. Lou for once signs a guy early and people freak out because he is slightly overpaid.

even if hes not putting up major points he is still an elite defensive center and very very good in the faceoff dot.

even still, I think he bounces back this year and puts up close to 60 points.

KaossKing 07-25-2013 06:34 PM

the thing about Zajac is, hes exactly what Lou Lams called him, "a prototypical Devil"

im sure hed have value to teams, being one of the best defensive forwards, excellent faceoff guy, could possibly return to 60 point form. but right now his value is more to the Devils than it would be to any other team. any actual trade proposal that would same fair to anyone else would seem like underpayment to us

NjDevsRR 07-25-2013 06:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snazzu88 (Post 69614489)
I'm not asking about his payment in price. Im am asking his value as a hockey player compared to other players of the game. As in which player would you compare him too in terms of skill and possible trade.

Maybe I should have stated that to clear it up a tad.

He is a top 10 forward in his own zone, beastly on faceoffs, good on PP and PK. He needs to be more assertive in the offensive zone this year, hopefully he will click with Ryder or Jagr.

Devils Trap 07-25-2013 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NjDevsRR (Post 69614563)
He is a top 10 forward in his own zone, beastly on faceoff, good on PP and PK. He needs to be more assertive in the offensive zone this year, hopefully he will click with Ryder or Jagr.

He was much better offensively the last few games of the season

NjDevsRR 07-25-2013 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Devils Trap (Post 69614613)
He was much better offensively the last few games of the season

Because he was assertive! lol. He was really good in the last two weeks of the year. Great puck possession, great vision, took it to the net. He looked good.

snazzu88 07-25-2013 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NjDevsRR (Post 69614697)
Because he was assertive! lol. He was really good in the last two weeks of the year. Great puck possession, great vision, took it to the net. He looked good.

Agreed. I just think he needs to click with someone to gain that confidence with the puck.

JerseyGuy276 07-25-2013 06:57 PM

No, no stop it. We're not trading him when his value is clearly at an all time low to other teams. Just stop it. We're not going to trade him anyway unless the offer blows us out of the water...

MJB Devils23* 07-25-2013 08:09 PM

Zajac is extremely underrated. I mean when he was with Parise, Parise was a 80-90 point player, and Langenbrunner had his two best offensive seasons with Zajac as his center. Without Zajac, Parise has been mostly 65 point player. That's still pretty good though. Zajac was definitely helped by Parise too. Zajac defensively is a top 10 forward in that category. Throw in the fact he's a 50 point player, and he's a well rounded player.

3rdlineglory 07-25-2013 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRightWay (Post 69614295)
The word "untouchable" is very casually thrown around HFBoards.

Just you and me so far. The rest has been Devils fans "bracing themselves" for the experts/haters. I swear this place can make people go crazy :laugh:.

Dominate Kesler 07-25-2013 08:30 PM

He's a nice complementary piece but with his massive contract he has negative value. For that reason, I highly doubt any other team in the league would bite. . .

Zajacs Bowl Cut 07-25-2013 08:37 PM

he is our #1 center that plays in all positions.

he wouldn't be traded anyways.

pld459666 07-26-2013 05:41 AM

Big solid defensive centermen thatcan and has posted 60+ points have aa lot of value.

It would take a serious overpayment to get him.

Start with a 1st in 2014 and then add.

BillDineen 07-26-2013 05:46 AM

Zajac has negative value with that contract.

416Leafer 07-26-2013 05:54 AM

If Zajac was still a 60-65 point two-way centre.. Itd be an ok contract.

But his last solid season was FOUR seasons ago. Considering the contract length, itd be pretty risky for any team to take him on.

I like Zajac, but the guy needs to rebound to get his value back up.

wej20 07-26-2013 06:31 AM

Value to the Devils>>>>>>Rest of the NHL.

Mgd31 07-26-2013 06:50 AM

Has no value to other teams with that contract so we keep him

kyle evs48 07-26-2013 07:05 AM

Most people hate him.

The Devils couldn't afford to trade him unless a better center came back.

Devilsfan118 07-26-2013 07:20 AM

Right now? Pretty worthless. Huge contract, hasn't proven much over the past few years. Devils would get minimal return for their (for better or worse) #1C.

He's great defensively, but I do wonder if he can create offense on his own without a Parise or Kovalchuk on his wing. This year will be a good indication of what the Devils can expect from his for the duration of his contract.


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