This just in, the New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free agent Pavel Zacha to a three year deal worth $2.25 million per season.
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This is obviously a bit surprising given Devils GM Ray Shero’s comments about Zacha just a day ago.
In case you missed it Zacha had threatened to sign a contract in the KHL and sent Shero into a bit of a tirade.
Check out this quote from Shero regarding Zacha, courtesy of Corey Masisak of The Athletic:
Shero followed that up with even stronger words for the AP, saying:
Indeed, it’s a long way back to the NHL… especially for a player like Zacha whose pro career thus far has been underwhelming to say the least.
Zacha was selected 6th overall by the Devils at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but despite his lofty draft position the 22 year old Zacha has yet to impress at the NHL level. Sure, he had a career high 13 goals and 25 points with the Devils last season, but given the linemates that he’s been slotted alongside, Zacha’s production should be much higher. After all, just look at what players like Kyle Palmieri, Blake Coleman and Jesper Bratt were able to do playing alongside Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. The fact of the matter is, Zacha’s NHL career has been a flop so far, hopefully this new lease of things helps jump start things for the youngster.