Forward Patrik Elias would like to play one more season in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, his agent, Allan Walsh, said Wednesday.
"[Elias] desperately wants to play one more year," Walsh told Sportsnet. "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."
Elias, 40, completed the final season of a three-year contract he signed July 4, 2013, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has played 17 seasons in the NHL, all with New Jersey. He's the Devils' all-time leader in goals (408), assists (617) and points (1,025); he's the only player to score 1,000 points with New Jersey.
He was limited to 16 games (two goals, six assists) this season because of a right-knee injury. Elias played the final three games of the season, and had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 9.
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"The last three games gave me a time to reflect and see if I'm still capable of still playing," Elias said April 11. "I actually thought I felt good physically, hockey-wise. You don't lose that. It's kind of just getting into shape and getting a new regimen going, but I felt better than expected."
Elias was selected by the Devils in the second round (No. 51) of the 1994 NHL Draft.
"I would be a little bit disappointed if [I couldn't play for the Devils] after all these years," he said. "I enjoyed being part of the team and I like these coaches; I like where it's going."
Elias said he is open to conversations with Devils general manager Ray Shero.
"I would say it's a similar situation to what Teemu Selanne went through with Anaheim for several years," Walsh said. "When he felt his knee would hold up and he felt good, he told Anaheim, 'I'm ready to commit to another year.' And then they worked out a deal."