NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Devils have signed center Travis Zajac to a long-term contract.

New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the deal Wednesday.

Lamoriello declined to provide terms, saying it was “long enough to keep him a Devil.” The agreement was for $46 million over eight years, according to multiple reports.

“During his time in New Jersey, Travis Zajac has become a solid, all-situation player and one of the core leaders of our hockey club,” Lamoriello said.

The 27-year-old was limited to 15 regular-season games in 2011-12 due to injury. He gave the team a late boost, scoring seven goals in 24 postseason contests.

“His play in the playoffs was monumental for us,” Lamoriello said.

The Devils selected Zajac in the first round of the 2004 draft.

The sides negotiated before the lockout and finished the deal this week, Lamoriello said.

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