After an Achilles tear that required surgery in August, New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac is in the waining stages of his recovery process.
“It’s anywhere from just over three months to six months,” Zajac told Rich Chere on the telephone from Winnipeg. “I guess it depends on a lot of things. Being an athlete and being young, I think I should be on the lower end of that time frame. But I’m definitely not going to rush back.”
After securing a 1-0 victory in the first half of a home-at-home series against the Islanders, the Devils looked to bring home another win to help propel them in the standings. Down 3-2 with six seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise pushed to the front of the net after an offensive zone faceoff win and pushed the puck past Isles goalie Al Montoya. The ruling was called a goal on the ice. The game had been tied with one second left on the clock.
Due to absence induced by a turkey coma, I am here to bring everyone up to speed with a few bits of Devils information.
First off, Nick Palmieri has been assigned to the AHL Albany Devils. Palmieri has been tremendously under-performing this year. He has only acquired three goals and three assists during the season so far. This move could be seen as a wake up call for Palmieri. He may also end up being trade bait in the future depending on how he handles his demotion.
“He’s just got to play,” DeBoer said of Palmieri. “He’s got to play with confidence. It’s not an easy league to play in, and we’ve got some depth here — some guys we can move in and out. He needs to go back and find his game.”
Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s senior vice-president of player safety, reviewed the play today and came to the conclusion that there was significant head contact. However, he felt Myers did not target Zubrus head and tried for a body check when Zubrus leaned forward to reach for the puck.
Meyers clocked Zubrus at the 10:00 mark of the second period. The game was Zubrus 1,000 in the NHL. He left the game after being dazed and did not return.
GM Lou Lamoriello offered no comment on the situation and lack of disciplinary action.
The New Jersey Devils may have the services of Ilya Kovalchuk as early as tomorrow against the Boston Bruins.
Kovalchuk, who has missed the past four games with a lower body injury, looks to be healed and healthy enough to make the trip and grab some ice time.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Henrique became the first Devils rookie to score game-winning goals in two straight games since Elias did it Nov. 8-10 in 1997.
The full article can be read here.
The injury bug hasn’t been kind to the New Jersey Devils this season. After Travis Zajac had to undergo Achilles surgery during the off season, the center position already took a pretty big hit. In steps Jacob Josefson. His performance on the ice during training camp was admirable and looked to be a positive for the Devils as they were searching to fill a pretty big hole in the roster. After an awkward fall into the boards, Josefson broke his clavicle and will now be out for an extended period of time as he rehabs back to one-hundred percent. Adam Henrique would be the next name to step into the ranks of the Devils and so far he has shown some glimpse of hope that he could possibly end up being a future leader for this team.
From Mike Ozanian of Forbes
“Vanderbeek already missed a $100 million principal payment that was due Sept. 1. He was given an extension by the lenders in order to try and raise enough money to buy out co-owners Ray Chambers and Mike Gilfillan, but they wanted no part of it. Vanderbeek can buy some time because technically the team cannot be forced into bankruptcy by creditors until after the Stanley Cup finals. But the longer he holds onto the team the bigger the debt problem because he is not making interest payments.”
The full article can be read here.
For the first time since injuring his shoulder against the Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur will step back between the pipes to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at “The Rock” tonight.
“I’m looking forward to it,’’ Brodeur said after today’s morning skate. “It’s been a long time for me. Even in the season, I’ve only played one (full) game, so I never got any momentum going as far as my game’s concerned. The team is playing well, not getting any points, lately, so we’re going to definitely try to get to that right now.’‘
The Devils have signed two players to contracts as the team continues to recover from a recent string of debilitating injuries.
The first signing came in the form of Ryan Carter who was put on waivers by the Florida Panthers. Most recently, however, the Devils have signed Steve Bernier to a contract with the AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils.
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