So, Zadina and his girlfriend got a puppy, a terrier named Jack. That's been a fun distraction from not being on the ice. He also changed the curve on his stick.
Pretty simple reason for that.
"Nine games without a goal, so....," said Zadina, talking about the only nine games he's played this season. "I'm excited to shoot the puck again."
When Zadina (lower-body injury) does return soon, and judging by the way Zadina and coach Derek Lalonde were talking Monday it could be any day this week before the All-Star break begins this weekend, it'll be like the start of a new season.
Or, at least that's the way Zadina is treating it.
"I would say so," Zadina said after Monday's practice. "I played the preseason and I believe I did pretty well, and a little step back my first nine games when it didn't go well (no points). I don't think I was on the ice (when) we scored or gave up a goal, but I don't know what was happening, and all of a sudden I got this (injury) and I've been just working on myself to get back as soon as possible.
"It's a fresh start for me and that'll be my first game of the season when I get the chance to play."...
The expectations for Zadina going forward will be the same as they've been, Lalonde said, for the rest of the roster.
"I want to hold him accountable like the rest of the guys," Lalonde said. "We're playing well defensively, very well, we're not giving our opponents much space and ice, and we'd ask the same of him. Be connected with our group, with what we're trying to do right now. We're flowing four lines, we're playing well defensively, and we're getting looks.
"We're just asking him to join the party, if you will, with the way we've been playing."...
"You love the potential and the fact he scored at lower levels, obviously he has not in the (169) games here (25 goals), but he can skate, and a little of it is confidence," Lalonde said. "If he was a shoot-first mentality guy, it would help his overall game. When he's skating, he has some offensive confidence. He's a guy who can push some offense. Statistically it hasn't been there yet, but you see flashes of it."