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Devils to keep in touch with Patrik Elias: report

GM Ray Shero says plan is to stay in 'constant communication' with 40-year-old UFA forward during knee rehab

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Forward Patrik Elias is home in Europe and his future with the New Jersey Devils remains up in the air.

Elias, 40, had surgery on his right knee on May 11, and the Devils will be in "constant communication" with him over the summer regarding his rehabilitation, general manager Ray Shero told NJ Advance Media in remarks published Saturday on NJ.com.

"He's back in the Czech Republic now, and it's basically where we have left it," Shero said. "I talked to his agent just a couple of days ago, and he's just going to monitor how he's doing."

Elias, who became an unrestricted free agent July 1, wants to return to the Devils for one more season and isn't talking to other teams, his agent, Allan Walsh, told Sportsnet in June.

"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," Walsh said at the time.

Elias, who was limited to 16 games (two goals, six assists) because of his knee injury last season, has played his entire 17-season NHL career with the Devils, winning the Stanley Cup twice (2000, 2003). He is their all-time leader in goals (408) and assists (617), and is the only player to score 1,000 points with New Jersey.

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