August 30, 2010
Travis Zajac(notes) has been the top center for the New Jersey Devils for the last three years. He scored 25 goals and had 42 assists last season, but the New York Post is reporting that he may be on the list of sacrificial players if and when the NHL finally approves a contract between the Devils and free-agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk(notes).
If the team signs Kovalchuk to the $100 million, 15-year deal that is rumored to have been submitted to the NHL for approval, it will need to get rid of between $3 million and $5 million of salary to get under the cap.
The signing of Jason Arnott(notes) this summer has made Zajac more expendable, though the paper notes that "conventional wisdom suggests Bryce Salvador(notes) ($2.9 million) and Dainius Zubrus(notes) ($3.4 million) are the obvious candidates" to be sent packing when Kovalchuk eventually signs.
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