by David Pavlak on 03/23/12 at 08:42 PM ET
It seems that Devils center Travis Zajac is continuing to move closer to a return with the team. He is ruled out against the game tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but I could see him making a return sometime around Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning currently sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. No one has given up more goals this year then Tampa Bay.
“We’re not going to rush it,” DeBoer said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “It wasn’t him saying he’s not ready. I never said that he would play tonight. You guys insinuated that. I said he was day to day all along and we woke up today and decided day to day doesn’t mean today.”
Zajac has been on the ice participating in the morning skates with the Devils. When he originally injured his Achilles, the recovery time was anywhere from four to eight weeks. After coming back for a few games, doctors shut Zajac down on Jan 2.
“I’m just kind of taking it day to day,” Zajac said. “I’m starting to feel more and more comfortable every day and I’m just working on timing and some hands and conditioning now. It will be soon, but when that day comes, we’ll let you know.”
“I feel pretty good,” he said. “It’s nice this time. I can compare it to how it felt last time when I came back and I see a difference now and I really have no soreness or tightness, or anything like that, swelling, like I did last time.”
Zajac played eight games this year registering one goal and two assists with 16 shots on net. In the past five seasons, Zajac has averaged 54 points.
The Devils currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and an additional scoring threat heading into the playoffs is always welcomed.
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