Devils center Travis Zajac will miss at least the first month and a half of the season after having surgery this morning in Winnipeg to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello said Zajac’s recovery will take “three months” from today.
Zajac, who lives in his hometown of Winnipeg in the off-season, tore his Achilles while doing plyometrics during an off-ice training session on Wednesday.
“It was repaired this morning at 9:30 in Winnipeg,” Lamoriello said. “It was a success—a simple operation. It’s just timing and healing.”
Lamoriello said the surgery was conducted by a doctor in Winnipeg that the team is familiar with.
“We know the doctor up there and we had a conference call with our medical people with Travis and everyone on the phone,” Lamoriello said. “We made a decision that he is there (so do the surgery there). MRIs were taken, all the proper preparation prior. We were totally comfortable with the doctor that did it, so it was successful and now it’s just a healing process.”
As bad as it was that Zajac tore the Achilles, it would have been a lot worse if he had ruptured it.
“He’ll be in a cast for a week and then he’ll be in a walking boot right after that,” Lamoriello said. “Then, it’s the healing process, which takes around three months.”
What a lovely way to start the season.
I hope Josefson is ready for top six duty, because it looks like he'll be getting it. Elias, Zubrus, and Steckel are all capable of playing center as well. Although none of them has the defensive game or chemistry with Parise that Zajac has.