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.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.