Devils giving Travis Zajac well-deserved sendoff in front of fans Thursday


NEWARK — More than a year after achieving the milestone, the Devils’ Travis Zajac was to be honored during Thursday night’s game for playing 1,000 career games with the franchise.

“That’s something you want to give him and something that he deserved, too,” said Jesper Bratt, who was a teammate for four seasons with Zajac. “It was the situation we were in and we could not give him that, so to have that kind of celebration is awesome and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Travis Zajac retires — as a Devil

NEWARK, NJ – On Monday, veteran center Travis Zajac signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils so he could retire in the jersey he proudly represented for almost 15 years.

Zajac, 36, was originally the 20th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Draft by New Jersey. He served as an assistant captain in seven of his last eight seasons with New Jersey.

He appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game on February 21, 2021, at Washington, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Travis Zajac Signs One-Day Contract to Retire as a Devil

NEWARK, NJ – Center Travis Zajac, who spent all but 13 games of his 15-year NHL career with New Jersey, today signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils and announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.  Zajac will remain with the organization in an on/off-ice player development and consulting role, while also working to grow the club’s youth hockey initiatives.

Zajac enjoying Islanders playoff run, helps eliminate Bruins

LONG ISLAND, NY – This is what Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri were hoping for when they were traded to the New York Islanders on April 7.

It’s also what the Islanders were hoping for when they traded for the forwards from the New Jersey Devils.

Zajac and Palmieri both scored goals in the 6-2 series-ending win versus the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Travis Zajac traded to Islanders by Devils

NEWARK, NJ – Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri were traded to the New York Islanders by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

New Jersey receives minor league forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Palmieri and Zajac can each become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Palmieri has scored 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 34 games this season and scored at least 24 goals in each of the prior five seasons. The 30-year-old forward is in the final season of a five-year contract he signed with the Devils on July 7, 2016.

“The opportunity to go and be a part of a team that has a chance to do something special is something every player wants,” Palmieri said. “That’s all you can ask for. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”

Travis Zajac helping build Devils future as he prepares for 1,000th NHL game

NEWARK, NJ – Travis Zajac is two NHL games from reaching 1,000, and though the New Jersey Devils forward has plenty of seasons behind him, he’s looking ahead by helping to build a better future for his team.

He was scheduled to reach the milestone this weekend but could be out for the games against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG-B, MSG+, NHL.TV), and Sunday after entering COVID-19 protocol Friday.

When he does play two more games, he will join defenseman Ken Daneyko (1,283 games), goalie Martin Brodeur (1,259) and forward Patrik Elias (1,240) as the only players with 1,000 games for the Devils.

The 35-year-old center knows the path New Jersey is taking with its youth movement and said he feels his experience and leadership can be a big part of it.

Travis Zajac Nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

NEWARK, NJ – On Tuesday morning, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association announced the nominees for every NHL market’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

This year, New Jersey Devils Travis Zajac was nominated for the award.

Zajac is the longest standing member on the current roster of the New Jersey Devils, and reached several milestones this past season.

On February 6, he recorded the 335th assist of his career, pulling into a tie on the Devils all-time assist list, his 192nd goal on January 12thmoved the veteran into fifth all-time on the goals scored list, he finished the season with 195 in his career, placing him at fourth all-time. On January 9th he took sole possession of third overall on the Devils all-time point list with his 521st point. On November 2nd, 2019 he played his 934th NHL game, all with New Jersey to tie John MacLean for fifth all-time in franchise history, he ended the 2019-20 season with 991 all-time games played, sitting at fourth on the franchise list.