"He has been released by the doctors, he is in town, he skated yesterday morning here, and also this morning, and will continue to do that for the next week and a half to two weeks," Lamoriello said on Wednesday. "If everything is on schedule as it has been, he'll start practicing with the team in two weeks. Everything to this point has been exactly the way the doctors predicted it would be. He feels good, but he's still certainly not there. It's going to take some conditioning, both off the ice and on the ice to get him where he can go into practice."
Zajac suffered the injury to his left heel in mid-August during off-ice training in Winnipeg, and underwent surgery to correct the issue. He was expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks.
The Devils' all-time ironman, with a consecutive games played streak of 401, Zajac had 13 goals and 31 assists in 82 games with the Devils last season.
The 20th overall pick in the 2004 draft, Zajac has accumulated 89 goals and 160 assists in 408 career regular-season contests with New Jersey.