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Zajac cleared for practice, full contact

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 12:08 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Zajac cleared for practice, full contact



Travis Zajac is one step closer to returning to the lineup.

"Travis has been given the OK from the doctor to start practicing with the team and have contact," Devils' President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello announced today.

Zajac took part in today's morning skate, but there is no timetable for his return. The Devils were set to host Colorado at 7 p.m.

"It was good," Zajac said after an extended on-ice session. "These are the skates I'm going to have to be doing for the next little while to get back, especially at this time of year."

Zajac had offseason Achilles tendon surgery and missed the first 30 games of the regular season. He returned for eight appearances, scoring a goal and two assists, but has not played since Jan. 2.

"As time went on, I was just getting a little sore, was getting a little weakness," he said. "I think the safest thing for me to do was to take a little time and recover a little longer. That was the key."

He's more confident in where he stands now.

"That's obviously why I took the time off, I didn't want to keep having setbacks or soreness, and continue doing rehab throughout the year," Zajac said. "I wanted to make sure I got it right and was a hundred percent. I felt like it last time, but for whatever reason it didn't react the way it felt it was going to. Over time, the longer I rested and rehabbed, the better it felt."

Zach Parise said it will be encouraging to have Zajac back at practice.

"It'll be really nice," Parise said. "I think we've done pretty well in his absence, and it'll only get better when we get him in the lineup. Let's make sure he's healthy this time and let's make sure he's ready to go. Whenever that time will be, it'll be good to get him back."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
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13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 52 15 23 7 38
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 52 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 50 16 16 14 32
T. Zajac 44 7 17 6 24
D. Schlemko 44 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 52 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 52 4 6 2 10
J. Moore 44 3 7 -1 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 15 5 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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