New Jersey and Pavel Zacha close to signing a deal
- Yesterday, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said he was still attempting to sign centre Pavel Zacha amid concerns the former first-round draft pick will play in the Kontinental Hockey League this season.
- Peppering his comments with profanities, Shero told The Associated Press on Monday that he doesn’t care if Zacha signs with the KHL or with Brampton, an ECHL team. Shero says the Devils still retain the restricted free agent’s rights after issuing him a qualifying offer this summer, and he hopes to get a deal completed with training camp opening this week.
“I don’t give a fuck if he signs with the KHL or if he signs with fucking Brampton. I don’t give a fuck where. We hold his rights.”
- Shero said he’s unaware if Zacha has signed with a KHL team, though he adds that possibility was raised by the player’s agent during a recent conversation.
- Playing in the KHL is “not the advice I would give him,” and adds “it’s a long way back to the NHL” if Zacha goes that route.
- However, Shero’s comments traveled all the way to Czech Republic where Pavel Zacha has been spending all summer.
- Elliotte Friedman reported this morning that according to Czech source, Zacha and the Devils are now back in the negotiation process and are close to a agreement.
- This shows that, sometimes, you have to put your foot down in order to get things done.
- Good Job Ray!
Zacha: I’m gonna play in the KH…
— Gary Donovan (@gdonovan610) September 10, 2019