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Devils’ GM Ray Shero unloads expletive-filled rant on RFA Pavel Zacha

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero isn’t fazed by speculation that Pavel Zacha could be looking to sign elsewhere to start the 2019-20 campaign.

There are reports that the 22-year-old restricted free agent, who has yet to sign, has agreed to a one-year deal with the KHL’s Avangard Omsk, as per Igor Eronko of the Sport-Express.

Shero had strong comments on the situation, saying very bluntly — a little too bluntly — that he doesn’t care if Zacha chooses to play elsewhere.

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“I don’t give a [expletive] if he signs with the KHL or if he signs with [expletive] Brampton (an ECHL club). I don’t give a [expletive] where. We hold his rights,” Shero told the Associated Press.

In 61 games last season, the 2015 sixth-overall pick notched a career-high 13 goals and 25 points. He has 76 points in 201 career games with New Jersey.

The team issued Zacha a qualifying offer in June. If the restricted free agent doesn’t sign soon, he could miss the start of training camp, which kicks off on Sept. 13 for the Devils.

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