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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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