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Injured Devils C Zajac still about a month away

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP)

Updates with details.

Travis Zajac, working on a second comeback from an Achilles tendon injury, should resume skating in about a week and could be back in the New Jersey Devils' lineup in a month.

Zajac, sidelined most of the season, was first injured during off-ice training in August and underwent surgery. He returned on Dec. 16 and played eight games before soreness in the area of the Achilles tendon flared up. He was shut down after the Devils' game on Jan. 2.

''It appears to be healed the way it should be,'' Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello said Thursday night before New Jersey hosted St. Louis. ''It's good news.''

The 26-year-old center played in a franchise-record 401 consecutive games through the end of last season. Zajac, the Devils' first-round pick in the 2004 draft, was third on the team last season with 44 points. He has 90 goals and 162 assists in 416 career NHL games.

Lamoriello also said center Ryan Carter, out the previous three games with a hand injury, had sustained a non-displaced fracture that didn't require a cast. There is no timetable for his return.

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