Darcy Zajac lands NHL contract

Word is that former UND alternate captain Darcy Zajac has signed his first NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils.

It is a two-year, two-way deal. According to CapGeek.com, Zajac earned a $5,000 signing bonus and will make $555,000 if he’s in the NHL this year and $72,500 in the AHL.

It’s a great deal and opportunity for Zajac, who has worked for this since graduating from UND in 2010. He’s spent the last three years with New Jersey’s AHL affiliate, playing his role as a strong two-way forward.

If Darcy gets called up, he may get the opportunity to finally play with his brother, Travis. They’ve missed each other by one year at other stops: Darcy arrived in Salmon Arm (BCHL) the year that Travis left. Same thing at UND.

New Jersey has fairly strong depth with its third- and fourth-line forwards, but if the Devils do have some injuries, Darcy may be in prime position for a call-up.

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