by David Pavlak on 11/30/11 at 11:12 PM ET
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.”
Zajac has his radar set on the lower end of that time frame. He has already rejoined the team during practices and will begin practicing with them regularly in another week or so. He currently skates on the ice before anyone else comes out of the dressing room. He should also be back on the ice at center by middle to late December.
The Devils are currently on a four game road-trip.
Elias closing in on 1,000 games:
Just about as the new year rolls in, longtime Devil Patrik Elias will be close to playing in his 1,000 career game. It is currently set to take place on Jan. 4, a game against the defending Stanley Cup champions, Boston Bruins.
Elias has been the Devils most consistent player year in and year out. At the age of 35, Elias still critique’s his style of play in order to maximize his point potential.
“It’s different,” Elias explained to Chere. “Obviously my best two years were 1999 and 2000. But it was kind of an easier game, in a way, because we had such a great team then. We had four great lines. It wasn’t just a couple of guys. It was hard to play against us and I think that made it easier on individual players.
Now I’m more mature and I think I just play smarter. I pick my spots better. And yet I still think I can be better, a little more poised and patient with the puck.
For me it’s making the most out of situations and I still can do better. Defensively I’m fine. I know the game. I read the game well. I work. Offensively I think I can be a little more relaxed with the puck and that way score more goals.”
The Devils will need Elias and the rest of the Devils to stay sharp in order to secure a playoff birth. Currently the Devils are 9th in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Ottawa Senators.
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