posted at 1/17/2013 5:21 PM EST
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Some devils commentary - Conspiracy theories are already poking their head out.
"Some food for thought for the Lou haters....Could Lou have signed him to 4 mil a year?? Probably, but this was an intentional slap in the face to Bettman and the rest of the NHL...Lou knows the Devils have a ton of cap space after this season so his intention was to drive up the price for all the other teams in the league that don't have the cap room the Devs have...Hence, try and pry Henrique from us now, never happen...Lou = smartest GM in sports history...After all his sneaky Kovy deal was the whole reason for the lockout in the first place...I still think this was a hugely important deal for the history of our franchise, even if Lou overpaid by a mil or so a year..."
As an aside, is Zajac a better player than Krejic? Is he comparable? If he is to you then either Krejic is grossly overpaid or you just have an issue with the length.
With the Devils financial situation improved, not surprised we saw this signing and by year 5 it might look like a great deal (stress the word might).
DK has 21 more points in his career than Zajac in 46 fewer games and makes 500,000$ less per season. Not to be picky but that's a substantial amount of cash in a cap league.
To be fair, Zajac is a superb two-way player and a capable #1 center when healthy. He's perfect for the Devils system. Plus, as someone already mentioned, Lou really had few other viable options. In all honesty, I don't think Krecji or Zajac are worth the cash but the market hath spoken.
Last 3 Selke winners- Zajac is no where near a Selke contender....YET & he's making more than Kesler & Bergy & $200,000 less than Pavel... Unwarranted contract!!!!!!
NHL 732 240 478 718 208 67 - 6 - 37 186 1665 14.41
NHL 561 153 184 337 45 50 - 9 - 19 501 1282 11.93
Total NHL 537 143 258 401 46 44 - 7 - 26 162 1432 9.99
Total NHL 423 91 164 255 36 25 - 2 - 11
When was the last time a Devil has won the Selke? A decade ago? Does this mean they are a poor defensive team? Of course not, they are one of the best and Zajac is a perfect fit for the system. He is the team's #1 center and was paid like one, much like Krejci was.
I will say this again, I do think he is overpaid, no doubt. However, it is not about me but about how the organization and Devils fans feel about it and judging by their comments here they feel it is fair: