Zajac to have tests on ailing Achilles

by Dave Lozo /
NEW YORK -- Lou Lamoriello believes everything is OK with center Travis Zajac and his ailing left Achilles' tendon, but he'll find out for sure very soon.

The New Jersey Devils' CEO, president and general manager said Tuesday that Zajac will head to Winnipeg on Wednesday to have his surgically repaired Achilles' examined by a doctor and he expects to have the results of the test by Thursday.

"All indications are he'll be fine," Lamoriello told a gathering of reporters before the Devils faced the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Zajac tore his Achilles' tendon during offseason workouts and missed the Devils' first 30 games. He returned to the lineup Dec. 16 and posted a goal and two assists in eight games before sitting out in early January with reoccurring pain in the same area.

The 26-year-old had played in all 82 games the previous four seasons and was expected to be the Devils' No. 1 center this season before the injury. He had 13 goals and 31 assists last season.

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