The New Jersey Devils have lost top centre Travis Zajac for four to six months with a pectoral injury.
Devils executive vice-president and general manager Ray Shero announced that Zajac had surgery to repair the pectoral muscle on Thursday.
Shero said the Zajac was hurt last week during offseason training.
Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow performed the surgery and estimated that Zajac’s recovery time could last until February. The season starts in October.
The 32-year-old Zajac had 14 goals and 31 assists last season. He has 155 career goals and 280 assists. He has played for the Devils since the 2006-07 season.
The 20th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Zajac signed an eight-year, $46 million contract in 2013.