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Patrik Elias

Elias: I’m not willing to play on the fourth line


Patrik Elias is a two-time Stanley Cup champion who has reached the 70-point mark on five separate occasions and is the Devils’ all-time leader in goals (403) and assists (608). He’s also roughly a month away from his 39th birthday and time is catching up with him.

His role with the Devils is naturally diminishing as a result, but there is a limit to what he will do. With Dainius Zubrus and Stephen Gionta currently serving as his linemates, Elias made it clear where he will draw a line in the sand.

“If they want to play me on the fourth line, I’m not willing to do that,” Elias told NJ Advance Media. “I think that’s a conversation I’m going to have after this season. I know what I’m capable of.”

What would happen if he was assigned to a fourth-line role in 2015-16 even after talking with the Devils over the summer?

“I probably wouldn’t (accept) that because I don’t consider myself a fourth line player and I wouldn’t be useful for this team to play that role. Simple,” Elias said.

He also defended his lackluster numbers (10-18-28, 56 GP) by pointing out that the 2014-15 Devils aren’t a high-scoring team.

He’s finishing off the second campaign on his three-year, $16.5 million deal. He’s confident there would be teams interested in him and what remains of his contract if the Devils don’t want him anymore.

For his part, Devils GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello defended Elias’ role.

“Right now, look at what he’s doing. He’s playing against the top line of every team every night,” Lamoriello said of Elias. “That says a lot for where he is today. Why are we worrying about tomorrow?”


Elias says Devils never approached him about a trade

Devils’ Jagr battled the flu and mumps


Jaromir Jagr battled both the flu and mumps, which forced him to miss the Devils’ last three games.

The 42-year-old is expected to be in New Jersey’s lineup Wednesday when the Devils play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jagr returned to practice Monday. He last played on Jan. 9.

Tuomo Ruutu, who has also been out of the lineup since Jan.9, has recovered from the flu and will play Wednesday.

Patrik Elias, who was at the All-Star Game in Columbus, received a ride from John Tavares and Jaroslav Halak on a chartered private jet Sunday night. Elias’ scheduled flight Monday morning was cancelled due to a snow storm.

Ryane Clowe (suspected concussion) and Stephen Gionta (fractured hand) did not practice Monday.

Jagr: ‘A break? I don’t believe in this’

Jaromir Jagr

Apparently Jaromir Jagr doesn’t believe the New Jersey Devils have earned a Christmas break.

Following the team’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night, Jagr sounded off.

“A break? I don’t believe in this,” Jagr told the Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere. “You can’t have a break and after three days with the holidays and without a practice are we going to be the best team in hockey? I don’t believe that. I believe in hard work, but I’m different.”

The Devils have won just three of 12 games this month.

Stephen Gionta had the lone Devils goal while Ron Hainsey’s goal midway through the third forced overtime.

Chris Terry was the lone scorer in the shootout.

“(It’s) a lack of scoring. I think a lack of confidence, too,” Jagr suggested. “I think it has to do with the practices. We’re going to have less games, so we’re going to have a chance to practice more. I think it’s going to help us for sure. It’s going to help me. I cannot talk for everybody else.”

Cory Schneider saw his record drop to 11-16-4 in the loss while Anton Khudobin made 18 saves for his first win of the season.

Leafs’ Holland: ‘Tonight that stink was a little more prevalent’

Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto MapLe Leafs lost 5-3 on home ice to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

It was their first loss at Air Canada Centre since Nov. 18 – the night the Leafs were blown out 9-2 by the Nashville Predators.

Eric Gelinas, Stephen Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Steve Bernier and Adam Henrique had the Devils goals.

Mike Santorelli, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel scored for Toronto.

Leafs forward Peter Holland had some interesting analysis post-game.

“Winning is a good deodorant for that stink that creeps into your game,” he said. “Tonight that stink was a little more prevalent.”

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots in his league-leading 25th start and improved to 10-11-3 on the season.

Jonathan Bernier dropped to 9-6-3 on the season.

DeBoer on Bortuzzo hit ‘real liberty and totally unnecessary’

Peter DeBoer

The New Jersey Devils lost 1-0 Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but the bigger loss could be to the team’s forward group.

Stephen Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr all left the game before the end of the second period leaving the Devils with just nine forwards for the final 20 minutes.

Jagr’s situation is the one, which was most talked about post-game as he took what appeared to be a late hit from Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in the second period.

Jagr was attended to on the ice and left the game immediately.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he was told by the referees that the hit was not seen.

“It was a headshot. It doesn’t matter whether it was a shoulder or elbow, it’s a shot to the head,” said DeBoer post-game. “Real liberty and totally unnecessary. If one of our guys did that to Crosby then it’s World War 4.”

Not exactly sure what happened to World War 3, but Jordin Tootoo challenged, Bortuzzo several times throughout the game.

“Jagr’s our best player and any time someone takes a run at you, my job is to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Tootoo added, “I’m not going to forget what number he is. It’s a long season.”

Tootoo was back checking at the time of Bortuzzo’s hit.

“I wish I would have been there at that moment because there would have been gloves flying,” he said.

For those wondering, the teams meet again Dec. 29 in New Jersey.

DeBoer had no updates on Elias or Gionta.

Gionta blocked a Paul Martin shot late in the first period. Elias left the game soon after.

Scott Gomez, who was playing in his first regular season game with the Devils since April 8, 2007, hinted Elias may have suffered an elbow injury. He left the game soon after Gionta in the first period.

Gomez finished the night with 22:10 in ice time.