Tag: Travis Zajac

Minnesota Wild Introduce Zach Parise and Ryan Suter - Press Conference

Parise expecting boos in first game back in New Jersey


Former Devils captain Zach Parise will play in New Jersey tonight for the first time since leaving two years ago — and he’s not expecting a warm reception from the Prudential Center faithful.

From NorthJersey.com:

Parise said if he is booed, “I’m fine with it.”

“I’m expecting it,” he said. “It’s fine. They’re passionate about their team and it’s understandable. I guess if they wouldn’t even care to acknowledge that I was back, that would be a little different.”

Parise’s good friends Andy Greene and Travis Zajac joked that they hope the crowd does boo him.

“They’re not really helping out my cause,” Parise said.

Parise bolted during the summer of 2012 by signing one of the largest deals in NHL history with Minnesota. It was a contentious split — just months prior to signing with the Wild, Parise helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in nine years.

The departure also came after Parise was named the ninth captain in franchise history. He was awarded the “C” with the idea he’d be part of the franchise long-term, something Martin Brodeur referenced when Parise’s captaincy was announced.

“He’s got to stay here. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur said, per the Star-Ledger. “That’s how we’re going to know how good he is as a captain.”

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has remained tight-lipped about Parise’s departure, saying “it’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the business.” Some have blamed Parise for a lack of loyalty to the organization (Lamoriello said the team’s offer was “competitive” to the 13-year, $98 million deal Parise signed with the Wild) while others have blamed the Devils for not doing enough to retain their captain’s services.

All that said, New Jersey still sounds as though it’s a big part of Parise. He sounds like he cherished his time with the Devils and expects tonight to be an emotional one — even if there are boos.

“You’re going to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time as far as their staff and their players. I’m looking forward to that. I have a lot of good friends there,” he explained. “I think it will be pretty emotional for me at the start, just a lot of really good memories from playing here.”

Jagr on being separated from Zajac: ‘It doesn’t make sense’

Jaromir Jagr, Travis Zajac

The New Jersey Devils have other problems to go along with their inability to close out games of late. Jaromir Jagr is a little grumpy.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports Jagr isn’t too happy about being taken off a line with center Travis Zajac and he makes his feelings very apparent.

“It doesn’t make sense to me and I don’t want to talk about it either,” said Jagr. “I don’t really (care) either.”

Uh, sure thing Jags.

Jagr was put on a line with Andrei Loktionov at the latest practice. As for coach Peter DeBoer, he said he was a bit reluctant to break up the line knowing that the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer likes to stay consistent with who he works with. He added that wanted more goals and consistency from them.

Jagr opted to go fully sarcastic saying, “That makes sense. Me and Travis, we don’t score many.”

Sick burn.

DeBoer has gotten his share of grief from Devils veterans this season as Martin Brodeur hasn’t been happy about his lack of playing time this season. At the very least, DeBoer can tell his grandchildren he found ways to upset two legends in the same season.

Roundup: Jackets, Stars, Devils, and Capitals making moves

Cody Goloubef

A handful of callups and send-downs this afternoon…

Columbus recalls Goloubef

The Blue Jackets called up defenseman Cody Goloubef from the AHL under emergency conditions. Goloubef has six goals and 20 points for the Springfield Falcons this season. 

Stars send down Jeffrey

Dustin Jeffrey’s week got a bit tougher after the Stars sent him to AHL Texas. Jeffery was placed on waivers earlier this week and went unclaimed. Now he’ll look to find his game in Austin with the Texas Stars.

Devils demote Whitney

Here’s to hoping Joe Whitney enjoyed his NHL debut with the Devils. The team announced they’ve sent Whitney down to AHL Albany today. Whitney, 25,  got his start on a line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr and finished the game with no points and 8:00 of ice time.

Capitals recall Wellman, send down Schmidt

The Capitals recalled center Casey Wellman from Hershey and sent defenseman Nate Schmidt down to make room for him. Wellman has some NHL experience already and could be getting the call because of the injury to Mikhail Grabovski against Montreal last night. A rough situation just gets more difficult in D.C. if Grabovski is hurt long-term.

Jagr isn’t thrilled with frequent linemate changes


Jaromir Jagr has been a go-to player for production in New Jersey this season, but he’s also been a go-to guy for candid quotes. His latest beef appears to be the Devils’ tendency to change up his linemates, as the Newark Star Ledger reports on Thursday.

“It keeps changing,” Jagr said. “You get new guys coming in and out. I don’t really like it but that’s the way it is.”

“This game is too quick to play with guys you don’t know about. Sometimes you have to do things when you don’t even see them. You have to have a sense that he should be there. The game is so quick. We’ll see what happens.”

By the Star Ledger’s count, Jagr, 41, has dealt with about six different configurations this season, and the latest is expected to be one fairly common partner (Travis Zajac) and an AHL call-up in Joe Whitney.

At 5-foot-6, Whitney has likely overcome some hurdles in getting high-level hockey opportunities, yet now he finds himself skating alongside the NHL’s seventh all-time leading scorer in Jagr.

Whitney, 25, has been productive at the AHL level, including 36 points in 40 games with the Albany Devils this season. For even more on the small scorer, click here.

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer thinks that the under-sized forward could bring “a little energy” to a Jagr – Zajac pairing that’s had its struggles, but Jagr simply remarked that “it’s tough to say.”

It’s also tough to say how long this constellation might last, but the Devils will get a taste of it against the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Hot in the snow: Devils blow out Blues 7-1


While the Philadelphia Flyers canceled their game due to adverse conditions, teams like the New Jersey Devils decided to soldier on, even if it meant playing in front of minuscule crowds. Their accounts (and trainers?) may disagree, but Tuesday’s game appeared to be worth playing, as New Jersey decimated the St. Louis Blues 7-1.

Again, it wasn’t all good news, as justifiably poor attendance and Adam Henrique’s mystery injury put a damper on things. Still, it was an unusually potent night for the Devils’ struggling offense.

This was the Devils’ first seven-goal output since they beat the New York Islanders 7-1 back in April 2010, according to The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti. The team’s power play efficiency was also an anomaly, as they produced three consecutive man advantage goals:

All in all, it was worth trudging the snow, especially if Henrique’s issue is only minor. Of course, the ordeal might not be totally over, as they must avoid getting stuck on their way home, as Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac can attest.

(As far as the Blues are concerned, Alexander Steen established a new career-high with his 25th goal. And … that’s about all the positives they can probably take from this one.)