Tag: Patrick Elias


Elias mired in ‘frustrating’ 11-game goalless drought

Patrick Elias has scored plenty of goals over his lengthy career — 394, to be specific — but he’s currently in the midst of one of his worst slumps, having failed to find the back of the net in 11 straight games.

“It’s frustrating. For me, it is,” Elias said, per NorthJersey.com. “I’m getting chances. I can get a goal probably every game that I looked at it and that’s the way it goes. I don’t know. We’ve just got to keep going, creating chances. Hopefully, it will turn around.”

Since scoring in a season-opening win over Philadelphia, little has gone right for Elias offensively. He has just three points in his last nine games and has struggled to put pucks on net, recording just eight shots on goal over his last six games.

Despite this, head coach Peter DeBoer saw signs for optimism during Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to St. Louis. Elias, playing on a line with Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder, “played great” according to DeBoer — and to be fair, the line would’ve likely been on the scoresheet last night if not for this outstanding save by Jake Allen:

“If he keeps playing like he did tonight,” DeBoer said of Elias, “then he doesn’t have anything to worry about.”


Havlat excited about Czech mates in New Jersey

Martin Havlat

Ignoring all the awesome Czech-related hockey puns out there, let’s just cut to the chase — Martin Havlat is excited to reunite with a number of his countrymen in New Jersey.

“I’m happy to be on a good team where I actually know a few guys. That should make it easier at the start,” Havlat told the Star-Ledger, one day after inking a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Devils. “One of the main reasons is the opportunity.

“And for sure a few of the Czech boys help. That was one of the reasons, too.”

Havlat, 33, will now be reunited with three teammates from the Czech contingent at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver — Jaromir Jagr, Marek Zidlicky and Patrick Elias. It means New Jersey is now home to four of the 34 Czechs that played at least one NHL game last year, which is a pretty significant amount.

It’s Havlat’s bond with Elias, though, that seemed to play the biggest role in signing with Jersey. From the Star-Ledger:

The connection with Elias is deepest. They live in nearby towns in Czech Republic (Brno and Trebic), vacation together and attend soccer matches and tennis tournaments. Their wives are also friends.

“The first time we played together was at the 2002 Olympics, but we didn’t actually play on the same line,” Havlat recalled. “After that we played in the World Cup in ’04 and had a great tournament together.. Then we played in the world championships on the same line and it was great. Then during the lockout we played 20 games for a team (Znojmo) back home here.

“We’ve always had great chemistry together. If I can say there are one or two players that I’ve actually had chemistry with during my whole career, that’s Patty. So I’m just hoping it’s going to work out well again. I don’t see a reason why not.”

Given how little New Jersey paid to acquire his services — $1.5 million is way down $5M he made annually on his last deal, though the buyout from San Jose played a role in the discount — Havlat could be a real boon signing for the Devils. Despite being hobbled by injury throughout most of the last two years, Havlat still managed to score 12 goals in 48 games in ’13-14 (works out to 20 over an 82-game season) and isn’t that far removed from his 2011-12 campaign, when he scored 27 points in 39 games for the Sharks.

Elias (total body soreness) rejoins Devils

Patrik Elias

Veteran forward Patrick Elias has rejoined the Devils on their current road trip, apparently over the “total body soreness” that’s sidelined him for the last seven games.

Elias, 37, was hurt at the tail end of December following a hit from Pittsburgh’s Tanner Glass. Elias will meet up with the Devils in Colorado on Wednesday, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play in Thursday’s game at the Pepsi Center.

Apropos of nothing, here are things that came to my mind while writing this headline:

Elias (total eclipse of the heart) rejoins Devils

That is all.


Wings’ Howard (hand blood) to miss second straight game

Elias (back) activated from IR, will face Kings tonight

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The Devils look as though they’ll have a welcome face in the lineup tonight after activating Patrick Elias from injured reserve.

“[My back] still bothers me,  but not to the point where I’ll sit out,” Elias said following Friday’s morning skate, as per NHL.com.

The 37-year-old has been in discomfort for a while, which began following a pregame nap prior to a 4-3 win over Boston on Oct. 26. Elias awoke with back spasms, but gutted through to face the Bruins and, three nights later, a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay

Following the Lightning game, Elias was placed on IR (retroactively) and has since missed New Jersey’s last six games.

Overall, this has been a tough season for Elias’ health. He missed time earlier this season to a rough bout of food poisoning and, on the year, has only appeared in 10 of New Jersey’s 18 games.

That said, he has been a solid contributor when healthy. Despite the missed time, Elias still sits tied for third in team scoring, with seven points, and was averaging close to 19 minutes per game prior to the back spasms.

Dainius Zubrus confirms three-year, $9.3M deal with Devils


It seems like things are really starting to come together for the New Jersey Devils in the early part of this offseason.

On Sunday, they made a bigger splash at the draft by trading one of their picks for goalie of the future(/present?) Cory Schneider. With free agency looming, it appears that GM Lou Lamoriello is getting other ducks in a row, as he nears a deal with Patrick Elias and Dainius Zubrus agreed to a three-year contract on Monday, according to the Newark Star Ledger’s Rich Chere.

Chere reports that Zubrus signed for three-years, $9.3 million ($3.1 million per year). That falls just about line with a report on Thursday. It’s a slight pay cut from his previous average of $3.4 million for each season.

The Lithuanian forward seemed relieved while discussing the deal with Chere.

“I was hoping it was going to turn out the way it did,” Zubrus said.

The team’s ownership and financial issues weren’t an impediment to getting things done.

“Not for me,” Zubrus said. “I came here because of Lou. As long as he’s here …”

It’s hard to argue with Zubrus’ loyalty after this past weekend.