For a team that managed only twenty-one points over the course of the first 41 games last season, the last thing the Devils wanted was yet another summer that would leave the Devils short on opening night. However, their nightmare became a reality when the Devils released that their star center Travis Zajac will be out of hockey for 8-10 weeks after having surgery. Zajac who was third on the team in points last season with 44 (13G and 31A) will be out at least through the end of October and the Devils will have a hard time replacing the young Canadian.
What concerns Devil fans even more than what they have been told, is the Devil's reputation for underplaying injuries and often not giving the media the full story. Last season the media was told Bryce Salvador would miss a month with a concussion, but the reality was that Salvador never set foot on the ice last season. Of course, Zach Parise missed much more time than expected as well with a knee injury and the Devil''s offense suffered. Paul Martin was supposed to be out 6-8 weeks with a broken arm two seasons ago when he injured it in October. He did not play until March against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For team that is looking to rebound from one of their worst seasons in recent memory, an injury to Travis Zajac has and will continue to cause concern among Devil fans. We all hope that Zajac will make the prompt recovery that we were all told he would. However until he laces up and steps out onto the ice Devil fans will worry that the Devils will be without one of their top-scorers for a long time. The unknown has already begun to bring bad memories back to the minds of Devil's fans.