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Patrik Elias doesn’t think his career is winding down

Jul 6, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

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Patrik Elias just signed a three-year deal with the New Jersey Devils, so the 37-year-old forward isn’t hanging up his skates any time soon. But if you think this is the last NHL contract he’ll ever sign, well, he’s hoping to surprise you.

“I said seven years ago that this would be my last contract, but I can still play,” Elias told the Star-Ledger. “Obviously a lot can change in three years.

“As long as I’m healthy and I’m enjoying hockey probably even more than my first few years, I’ll be a valuable player to some team. Whether it’s with the Devils for two more years or with someone else.”

As Elias said, a lot can change in three years, but he’s certainly still able to put up big numbers. He had 78 points in 81 games in 2011-12 and while the Devils struggled in the lockout-shortened season, he led the team with 36 points in 48 games.

The Devils are looking to bounce back after that disappointing campaign. They’ve only made the playoffs once in three years, but New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup Final in that span. The Devils also acquired Cory Schneider to bring some long-term clarity to their goaltending situation.

“I think it was a great move, one of the best moves I’ve seen during my career here,” Elias said. “Everybody was wondering what was going to happen when Marty (Brodeur) is done.”

That should help Elias’ later years with the Devils be competitive ones.

  1. pensman29 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Wow I didn’t realize how big of a factor he still was.

  2. withseidelinn - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Can’t count on him forever. Great player but they really gotta hope Henrique and Zajac can bounce back in a BIG way next season.

  3. ryanprzy - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Elias is the kind of player that I find myself rooting for even though I’m not a Devils fan.

    The guy has been a key cog in that NJ lineup since I was 12. For the sake of feeling young myself, I just want to see him produce at this level for a while longer…

  4. 950003cups - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Must be something in the water around here. Brodeur and Elias are ageless like Pettitte and Mariano.

  5. lateralous - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I think signing a pure shooter like Ryder to play on his line is going to be a huge coup. Elias has been inflating point totals for guys with much less finish for years. Hopefully Patrik hits 1000 points this season.

    • orangandblack - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Wow, 1000 points in one season! That seems like it should be some sort of record!

    • devilsarethebest - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      This is so true. Can’t wait to see Clarkson lost without Elias.

      • lateralous - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        I never understood putting those two together anyway. Clarkson kind of does his own thing and most of his goals are a direct result of his hustle, not necessarily finishing prime scoring chances from others. I always felt it was more productive to stick him on a 3rd line and let him create 15 goals himself instead of sticking him on a scoring line and possibly getting an extra 5 goals because he’s really a black hole for whoever plays with him.

        Unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be the role the Maple Leafs plan to use him in and he will become public enemy #1 in TO pretty quickly.

  6. orangandblack - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Kidding, obviously. But how close is he?

    • devilsarethebest - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      He has 930 points now.

  7. mpg44 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    As long as Elias wants to be a devil. He will . The classy move at the draft ( Marty’s kid) shows how much Lou cares for his players who want to be a part of the devils. Number 30 and 26 will be hanging in the rafters but not until they say so!

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