Ever since Travis Zajac has returned from his torn Achilles he’s looked a bit off. It’s no surprise then that Zajac will miss out on tonight’s game against Boston with a sore Achilles.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello tells Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger that they’re being careful with Zajac so as to not put him at risk.
“We’re going to rest Travis. He has a little soreness and we don’t want to take any chances,” Lamoriello said. “There is nothing structurally wrong. We asked the doctors and this is normal.”
At least they’ve got that going for them. If there’s a positive to be found out of this situation, it’s that the Devils don’t really have any worries up the middle on their scoring lines. Patrik Elias has been great all season and rookie Adam Henrique has been a revelation for New Jersey.
Having Zajac out there at less than 100 percent wouldn’t do the Devils any favors against Boston and resting him is never a bad idea.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.