After 15 NHL seasons and over 1,000 games, Travis Zajac signed a one-day contract on Monday to retire as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
While remembered solely for his 15 years in New Jersey, Zajac finished his playing career with the New York Islanders after being traded there, along with Kyle Palmieri, on April 7. The initial plan for Zajac was to return to New Jersey for the 2021-22 season. As the offseason wore on, Zajac’s mentality towards the year had changed.
Although no longer playing, Zajac will not be going anywhere anytime soon as he will be joining the club in a player development and consulting role.
As his career comes to a close, Zajac finds himself all over the Devils’ all-time leaderboards. He finishes fourth in games played with 1,024, third in goals with 202, fifth in assists with 348, and third in points with 550.
Last season, Zajac joined Ken Daneyko, Martin Brodeur, and Patrik Elias as the only players to play 1,000 games with New Jersey. Since fans were unable to attend his 1,000th game ceremony last season, the Devils will recognize Zajac’s 1,000 games played on March 10, 2022 against the Winnipeg Jets.Embed from Getty Images