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Patrik Elias | Center | #26

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/13/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 2 (51) / NJ
Contract: view contract details

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Patrik Elias has continued to skate and still hopes to return to the NHL.
Elias has been testing his surgically-repaired knee. "I feel good one week, next week I’m ready to jump on ice, then the next week I don’t feel so good and I’m ready to call it quits, so it’s hard," Elias said. "At the same time, you have to be honest with yourself. The game is changing and has changed so much and you have to know when the time is right for you to just go and do other things." Elias remains unsigned and is hoping that a decision is made by early February on if the Devils are going to sign him for what's left of the 2016-17 campaign. He's also open to attempting a comeback next season, so even if nothing happens in February that might not be the end of his playing career. That said, Elias will turn 41 in April. Jan 19 - 8:54 AM

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A decision from Patrik Elias could come by January.

If he tells the Devils that he thinks he can still play then it will be up to the team to sign him as an unrestricted free agent. "He's not out of the picture," coach John Hynes said. "He's still going through the process of trying to figure out whether or not he's going to be able to play. He's still training, skating. He's been around with us, using the facilities. We knew coming into this year, it probably wasn’t going to be a first half of the season situation."
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 08:38:00 AM

It seems unlikely that Patrik Elias will enter training camp with a contract, but that doesn't mean that the New Jersey Devils won't eventually re-sign him.

"There’s no deadline whatsoever," Devils GM Ray Shero said on the possibility of offering Elias a contract. "We’ll just keep in communication with him and see how he’s feeling." Elias is recovering from knee surgery and will likely be skating on his own to test his knee as camp opens on Sept. 22.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 09:26:00 AM

A decision isn't expected come on Patrik Elias until the end of August or early September.

Elias and the New Jersey Devils are waiting to see how his rehab goes. The veteran forward is hoping to play one more year in the NHL after he missed 45 games last season because of a knee injury.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 06:49:00 PM

Patrik Elias' status for the 2016-17 campaign is still very much unclear.

Elias' agent said back in June that his client "desperately wants to play one more year," but it's not clear if he'll be ready for the start of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Elias is also still an unrestricted free agent, so even if he is up to returning, there's at least a chance that he won't end up agreeing to terms with the Devils or any other team. "Once he starts getting the green light to start ramping up his training off ice, we'll see where that takes him and certainly when he gets back on ice, if it's going to be later in the summer, we'll see where that goes," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "And his body will tell him or his knee will tell him how he feels, and we'll be in constant communication with Patrik."
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Patrik Elias is hoping to play with New Jersey in 2016-17.

"He desperately wants to play one more year," Elias’s agent, Allan Walsh said. "We’re not talking to other teams. If Patrik is able to play at the level he expects himself to play, if he can contribute to a team, I think New Jersey would very much love to have him back." He was limited to 16 games in 2015-16 due to knee problems though. He underwent knee surgery in May, so he'll wait to see how his knee does over the summer before both sides decide on a course of action.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Patrik Elias has undergone successful knee surgery.

Elias was plagued by knee problems in 2015-16 and was limited to 18 games as a result. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's not clear if the 40-year-old forward will continue his career into 2016-17.
Thu, May 12, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Patrik Elias isn't sure if he's played in his last game.

"I hope this is not it," Elias said. "But it could be." He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is coming off of a rough campaign. Elias was limited to just 16 games, but he did score two goals and eight points when healthy. If Saturday's contest against Toronto was the end of his career, he ended it on a high note by scoring a goal and registering two assists.
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 09:43:00 AM

Patrik Elias went out in style on Saturday, collecting three points during Saturday's 5-1 win over Toronto.

Elias registered the 408th goal and 1,024th point of his illustrious career, in what is likely to be the 1,240th and final game of his career.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 12:55:00 AM

Confirming an earlier note, Patrik Elias will play Saturday against Toronto.

The all-time greatest scorer in Devils' history has 407 goals and 1,022 points throughout his illustrious 1,239 games - all in New Jersey.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Patrik Elias could be playing in his final NHL game Saturday.

Elias will turn 40 on Wednesday and only returned to the lineup from a knee injury on Tuesday after being out since December 19. The veteran has a goal and five points in 15 games this season and we cannot see Elias wanting to return at this time. "It’s amazing, not only the type of career he’s had," coach John Hynes said. "But as you see him now, later in his career, even overcoming these injuries and things, he still finds a way to be a productive player."
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 08:32:00 AM

Patrik Elias (knee) will be back in the lineup on Tuesday night.

He has recorded one goal and four assists in 13 games with the Devils this season, while spending most of the 2015-16 campaign on the sidelines due to injuries. Elias hasn't played since Dec. 19.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Patrik Elias (knee) feels ready to return to action.

Coach John Hynes said they will see how Elias feels in the morning, but it's a "possibility" that he will play against Buffalo on Tuesday or on Thursday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. Elias hasn't played since Dec. 19 and he has skated in just 13 games this year.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 01:16:00 PM

Patrik Elias (knee) will be unavailable for Saturday's game, but he will practice on Monday.

From there a determination will be made as to whether Elias is ready to play on Tuesday and/or Thursday. Elias has been limited to just 13 games this season and is trying to finish the campaign on a positive note.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 02:51:00 PM

Patrik Elias isn't ready to say that this is his last campaign.

Elias has been limited to 13 games this season, but there's a good chance that he'll return from his current knee injury before the campaign is done. Many might view it as his farewell appearance and, honestly it probably will be, but Elias is at least not ready to announce his retirement. He is expected to evaluate his situation over the summer before deciding if he wants to attempt to extend his career.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 02:50:00 PM

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