Elias out ‘indefinitely’ after knee surgery, but Devils ‘optimistic’ he’ll return

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The New Jersey Devils are “optimistic” that forward Patrik Elias will be able to play again this season, despite the 39-year-old having undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee today.

“The surgery was successful and he will be out indefinitely,” said Devils GM Ray Shero in a release. “There is no current timetable for his return, but we are optimistic that Patrik will return this season.”

Elias has only played in 13 games this season, scoring once with four assists. A two-time Stanley Cup-winner with the Devils, he’s also a pending unrestricted free agent.

“This was a decision that was made based on conversations and in conjunction with our training staff, team doctors and Patrik,” said Shero.

“Patrik will be unavailable to the media until he resumes participating in the team’s on-ice activities.”

Related: Elias once again on IR with knee injury

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