Throw all the pressure on him and new Devils captain Bryce Salvador has broad enough shoulders to handle whatever DeBoer and the Devils ask of him.
GM Lou Lamoriello declined to provide terms, but said the deal was “long enough to keep (Zajac) a Devil.”
“It’s hard to replace guys like Zach and Sykie,” goaltender Johan Hedberg said. “Those are pure goal-scorers. This will be an opportunity for other guys to step up. We have talent in this system, and sometimes all you need is opportunity.”
Zach Parise crossed the Rangers’ off his free agent wishlist by stating there’s “no way” he’d join the Rangers.
The season was one of redemption and guts for the Devils after missing the playoffs a season ago. They have the stomach to win a game and extend the series, but any more than that seems way out of their reach.
Some have pointed to a lack of effort as reason for the Devils’ impending demise, a theory I’m not buying.
Ilya Kovalchuk waited a decade for his first taste of NHL playoff success, and he’s not giving up his Stanley Cup dreams just because the Kings are making life tough for him.
New Jersey simply cannot match ammunition with a loaded Los Angeles Kings’ roster.
The Devils played one of their worst games of the postseason in dropping the series opener 2-1 in overtime, and they can’t afford another sub-par effort.
The Devils’ defensemen aren’t exactly household names but are finally getting credit for the job they’ve done to push New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Here’s a look at how the series breaks down. After all, the Devils are in the details.
Roughly two years ago, the Devils and Kings were the finalists for then-free agent Ilya Kovalchuk. Wednesday night, the teams will start fighting for a much bigger prize, the Stanley Cup.
The New Jersey Devils are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the fifth time in team history, and they will attempt to capture their fourth championship as their series with the Los Angeles Kings begins on Wednesday night at Prudential Center.
Most of the talk about the Devils and their run to the Stanley Cup finals has focused on Martin Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Peter DeBoer. The guy who tends to get lost in all the talk is Travis Zajac.
A new generation of Devils have lived up to the organization’s proud standard by reaching their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2003.
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