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Patrik Elias wants to play “at least another two, three, four years”

Jan 12, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

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News for Devils fans lately hasn’t exactly been cheery with Ilya Kovalchuk threatening to stay in Russia before a report surfaced saying he’d be back after the KHL All-Star Game. Rest assured, however, there’s one New Jersey star who wants to keep playing.

36 year-old forward Patrik Elias tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice he has no intent of hanging it up anytime soon.

“Are you kidding me?” he replied when asked about his plans after this season. “After last year the way I played, I’m hoping to play for at least another two, three, four years. Whatever I can play. I enjoy it. I love it. I’m in good shape. I’m in better shape than I probably was a few years back. I’m still useful.”

He’s certainly useful. Last season for New Jersey, Elias put up 26 goals with 52 assists. His 78 points tied him for 10th overall in the league with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson. Safe to say Elias has plenty left in the tank and he wants to spend those two, three, or four years with the Devils.

  1. lateralous - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Why wouldn’t he? He was top 10 in the league in scoring last season and one of the best players on a Stanley Cup finalist. With his vision and two way game, I expect he’ll be a productive player even as he starts to lose a step.

  2. martysbetter - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Is there another active player who is more underrated than Patrik Elias?

    He’s quietly put together a very nice career for himself.

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