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Devils' Travis Zajac sidelined

Updated: August 18, 2011, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- With a new coach and a new outlook after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the New Jersey Devils seemed like a team to watch this upcoming season.

But that optimism took a bit of a hit this week.

Center Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery in Winnipeg, Man., to repair his left Achilles tendon, general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed on Thursday. He will miss at least a month and a half of the season to recover from the injury, which occurred ...

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