Cammalleri-Zajac-Jagr line not ready for marriage

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When Mike Cammalleri agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the New Jersey Devils, it was thought that he could play on the top line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr. That’s been the case so far, but Devils coach Pete DeBoer isn’t ready to make a commitment.

“Especially good players and good offensive players, they need to get to know each other – where they like the puck, the areas of the ice they like to get to, those kind of things,” DeBoer told the Bergen Record. “So, they’re in the dating stage right now.”

If there’s a breakup, it’s likely that Cammalleri will be the one that needs to start seeing other lines. Jagr and Zajac spent a lot of time together last season and Jagr openly questioned DeBoer when the coach attempted to separate them late last season.

For his part, Jagr thinks this trio is “going to work” and is confident that he can get the puck to Cammalleri.