The Devils have avoided Friday's arbitration hearing and re-signed restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a four-year contract worth a total of $15.55 million
Zajac said it is a four-year deal, but would not divulge any other details of the contract.
Zajac, 24, is coming off a breakout season in which he posted career-highs with 20 goals, 42 assists, 62 points and a team-best plus-33 defensive rating.
"He's developed into a core player and getting him long-term I think is good for both him and his growth and for the organization," Lamoriello told me this morning.
Only Monday, Lamoriello said he it appeared as if the sides were headed to an arbitration hearing on Friday in Toronto, but these things have a way of working themselves out in the final days before the hearing and they reached adn agreement late Tuesday night.
"There was some movement on both sides," Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello said he was not worried about going to arbitration, but admitted that sometimes feeling can get hurt during the process. Avoiding that is a positive.
"There's been very good dialogue throughout the process," Lamoriello said. "We didn't come to an agreement until very late (Tuesday) night, but if we had to go to arbitration we were ready to go. All of our briefs were done. Arbitration isn't something to me that I was worried about. I've always said, 'If you tell the truth, you can't worry.' But, unfortunately, when you tell something in arbitration, it's usually what the player has already heard, but it becomes public and there's sensitivities and they're never recovered."
With Zajac now locked up, does that mean Lamoriello will turn his focus to re-signing Brendan Shanahan?
"We'll work on everything at the same time," Lamoriello said. "We'll make our team better in any way we can."