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Report: Devils, Elias close to agreeing to terms

Jul 1, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck in the first period against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center on March 19, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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It looks like forward Patrik Elias will re-sign with the New Jersey Devils after all. He’s close to agreeing on a new contract, according to the Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere.

The financial terms of the potential agreement are not known, but the Devils have a lot of cap space despite the fact that they recently added goaltender Cory Schneider.

Retaining Elias’ services would be a huge win for New Jersey. He’s 37 years old, but he still led the Devils with 14 goals and 36 points in 48 games last season. On top of that, he’s one of the team’s most recognizable players.

He ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list in terms of games played and has scored more goals and assists in the Devils’ uniform than anyone else in history.

If he does end up testing the unrestricted free agent market, he’ll be one of the best forwards available, although there are a number of intriguing candidates this year, including Jarome Iginla and Vincent Lecavalier.

  1. kegmen7 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Its been a good two days….

  2. 950003cups - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Clarkson HAS to be impressed with the last 24 hours with the class of NJ. Trading to secure the future. Then, not only drafting Brodeur Jr, but having Marty get to announce it.

    If he leaves, you know he had to think long and hard. But I think he stays simply because the franchise fits him perfect in every aspect.

    • Mike Williams - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Clarkson isnt impressed with the money that the Devils are offering him. He wants to get paid Nathan Horton type of money and to be honest, one team will give it to him. Say goodbye to Clarkson once July 5th rolls around.

      • kegmen7 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        If Clarkson gets 5+ million per year that is a major mistake by that GM. I love Clarkson, but hes a very good 7-9 forward who can fill in on a 4-6 forward role for short stretches- 3-4 million a year is a lot for him.

  3. crazemastercraze - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    One of the most underrated players ever to play in the NHL

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