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[NJD] Travis Zajac extended (8 years, $5.75M cap hit)

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01-16-2013, 01:46 PM
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Lots of dough. They're obviously expecting him to step up his role on the team. He did have them by the balls though.

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HF rips the Hall contract for $6m then calls the Zajac contract for $5.75m either a solid signing or a "little high".

It's telling that, in both cases, fans of the actual team in question are very happy with the signing. Deals like this for younger talent aren't overpayments. They are solid signing to retain your best players.

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Top-10 in scoring last year and he's not worth $6 million? Ok then.
Elias age and loyalty plus new cba will bring the price down but he'll probably get a extra yr or two he shouldnt.

3-4 yrs at 4.5

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This is a great deal. No one outside the Devils fanbase has any idea how important this player is to our club.

and the obligatory: omg the devils have no moneyzzz!!!

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I don't watch NJ much.
For those of you who watches both East and West a lot,

How much better is Zajac compare to Flippula?
From what I gather Zajac is better defensively by a bit than Flippula but much better offensively?

How does Zajac's defensive skill compare to Datsyuk & Zetterberg? (right now not few years down the road)

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Zajac had the hammer here. It would have been a disaster for Devils if he left.
Pretty much this. People here are used to re-signed players taking a home team discount, but if a player is a year away from UFA and doesn't want to play along sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and pay fair market value.

As a RFA signing this seems high, but no one would be shocked if it was a UFA signing.

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you don't win hockey games with elite defensive forwards because goals are more fun

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Solid deal.

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No he's not...what are you smoking? He'll be like 37. He'll certainly get his due for his loyalty and what not, but he's not getting 6 million a year.
Age has nothing to do with production, Elias was 10th in the NHL in scoring. This year, he is worth 6.

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ouch

too much IMO
I'm sure Lou gives a hoot. Have you watched a Devils game? Do you know he's the most important player on the team other than Kovy?

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A little rich for my blood but really he's only overpaid by about 750k which really isn't a big deal.

Will probably be a bargain in the later years of the deal.

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I think the Devils overpaid for Zajac but they needed him bad, so it's logical they kept him.

For comparison sake, Plekanec signed for 6 years and 5 millions per year and I think both players play a similar game. Plekanec is more proven, but Zajac is younger. The Canadiens needed Plekanec bad when they signed him too.

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Elias age and loyalty plus new cba will bring the price down but he'll probably get a extra yr or two he shouldnt.

3-4 yrs at 4.5
Well I'm talking about 1-2 year deal. I think he's definitely worth $6 million in such a short term. Put an extra two years to the deal for a guy his age then yeah I agree that the price will go down to about $4.5 million.

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He's a good player, but nowhere close to the "best two way center in the game".
lmao @ best two way center.

Kesler is 10x zajac, even hurt.

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I would have given Zajac $6M as an FA.

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#Devils Travis Zajac no trade 8yrs 46M deal. No more front loaded money. Case in pt. 1st yr 3.5M. 2 yr 5M, 3rd-6th yr 6.5M. Last two 5.75M.

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very nice deal for the Devils

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Great deal btw! Happy that Zajac is sticking around for another 8 years. He's the perfect linemate for Ilya Kovalchuk.

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I don't watch NJ much.
For those of you who watches both East and West a lot,

How much better is Zajac compare to Flippula?

From what I gather Zajac is better defensive by a bit than Flippula but much better offensively?

Is Zajac's defensive skill compare to Datsyuk & Zetterberg? (right now not few years down the road)
What you said is on point. A little bit better defensively, but alot better offensively.

Dats and Zetterberg are better than him defensively. Zajac is a very smart player, and is our best Faceoff guy. Hes on that next tier, just below Datsyuk and Zetterberg

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LOL

HF rips the Hall contract for $6m then calls the Zajac contract for $5.75m either a solid signing or a "little high".

It's telling that, in both cases, fans of the actual team in question are very happy with the signing. Deals like this for younger talent aren't overpayments. They are solid signing to retain your best players.
They're at pretty different career stages. Hall had years of team control left, Zajac had none.

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I think the Devils overpaid for Zajac but they needed him bad, so it's logical they kept him.

For comparison sake, Plekanec signed for 6 years and 5 millions per year and I think both players play a similar game. Plekanec is more proven, but Zajac is younger. The Canadiens needed Plekanec bad when they signed him too.
Plekanec is more proven? Expound please.

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Overpaid by almost a mil and too many years on that contract.

**** contract, Lou really sucks at giving out contracts.

Kovalchuck, Volchenkov and now Zajac.

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Hes not the best , but he is one of the best two way centers in the game
Zajac is great but he isnt on the Datsyuk, Bergeron, Backes level

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Everyone saying we overpaid are sad they don't have a chance to sign him

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Wow...I would have offered him a Backes like number.

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