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Elias on playing with Jagr: 'Surreal'

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07:22 AM ET 07.24 | With countryman Jaromir Jagr having signed in New Jersey, Patrik Elias has been flooded with calls and texts over the past few days about potentially becoming teammates with the Czech star. Elias, the Devils' all-time leading scorer, has been teammates with Jagr on various Czech national teams, but is looking forward to being teammates with him in the NHL for at least one season. ... "For me, it's kind of surreal," Elias said. "I don't think I ever thought about playing with him on the same team, but we're at the point in our careers, both of us, that we know our roles, we know our situation, we know our place and I think he will be good for the team." Elias, 37, re-signed to remain a Devil for three more seasons earlier this month. Jagr, 41, may be entering the final season of a storied NHL career.

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July 24, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Yep! Surreal is right! It's not very often you get to play with, not one, but two octogenarians at the same time.

July 24, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Jagr is lucky to be playing with Elias.

July 24, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jagr is lucky to be playing with Elias.

He's lucky to be playing with anybody.

July 24, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's lucky to be playing with anybody.

It's no surprise he got a shot with someone. He had 16 goals and 19 assists in 45 regular season games last year, and led Dallas in goals playing in only 34 games. Yeah he's old but that's still better than most NHL players.

July 24, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Real youth movement building in NJ. Brodeur, Jagr, Elias,...

July 24, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Real youth movement building in NJ. Brodeur, Jagr, Elias,...

I heard they've contacted Gordie Howe's agent.

July 24, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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It's no surprise he got a shot with someone. He had 16 goals and 19 assists in 45 regular season games last year, and led Dallas in goals playing in only 34 games. Yeah he's old but that's still better than most NHL players.

but that's just it...short seasons. We have a full one coming up, and that's a different thing when you're 41 as i recall

July 24, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Real youth movement building in NJ. Brodeur, Jagr, Elias,...

A different kind of "movement" comes to mind for me Dave.

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July 24, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Real youth movement building in NJ. Brodeur, Jagr, Elias,...

We are taking after Detroit, the model franchise.

July 24, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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We are taking after Detroit, the model franchise.

You're actually leading Detroit Nardo as your average age is higher. Well done.

July 24, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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I heard they've contacted Gordie Howe's agent.

Wouldn't that be his wife who has been known to reach through phone lines when angry?

July 24, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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Wouldn't that be his wife who has been known to reach through phone lines when angry?

Colleen (Mrs. Hockey) died about 4 or 5 years ago and I agree she was a pistol.

July 24, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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Colleen (Mrs. Hockey) died about 4 or 5 years ago and I agree she was a pistol.

I remember when she passed away. I thought Gordie was still in pretty good health today. What is he....about 83 or 84 years old by now? I actually did see him play when the Caps were new in town.

July 24, 2013  11:36 AM ET
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I remember when she passed away. I thought Gordie was still in pretty good health today. What is he....about 83 or 84 years old by now? I actually did see him play when the Caps were new in town.

Just looked it up. 85 this past March. Almost mature enough to join the Devils.

July 24, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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Real youth movement building in NJ. Brodeur, Jagr, Elias,...

Lou needs to call MacT ASAP. Hemsky can be had for cheap. It'll only take Schneider to pry the sleek forward from the Oilers. Then NJ can boast an entire Czeching 1st line: Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr and Alice Hemsky!

July 24, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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I remember when she passed away. I thought Gordie was still in pretty good health today. What is he....about 83 or 84 years old by now? I actually did see him play when the Caps were new in town.

My Dad took me to Olympia to see Gordie when I was in middle school, that game he tied the Rockets record for most goals scored. We stood for over 5 minutes the news said, clapping.

July 24, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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A different kind of "movement" comes to mind for me Dave.

The trainer better stock up on Metamucil.

July 24, 2013  12:03 PM ET
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Just looked it up. 85 this past March. Almost mature enough to join the Devils.

LOL I'm sure he's hoping to go the other way.

 
July 24, 2013  12:05 PM ET

The caption under this picture should read " Charlie Manson dons Bruins gear"

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