Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 NHL Free Agent Review - Patrik Elias

Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 NHL season.  Capgeek.com data shows that the 36-year old forward is at the end of a seven year contract at a $6 million cap hit and $5 million per year salary.

Elias' production actually increased last year, at a time in his career where some players are seeing a decline in production based on their longevity.  In 81 regular season games, Elias notched a hefty 78 points, 52 of which were assists, according to hockey-reference.com.

His production in the playoffs was fairly strong too, as he scored 8 points in 24 Stanley Cup playoff games in 2012.

As the roster sits right now for New Jersey, considering the drop in salary cap to $64.3 million next year, the Devils would have cap room for $24.35 million in salary in 2013-14, according to capgeek.com.  New Jersey does have other forwards who will become unrestricted free agents after the 2013 season, most notably Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson, but they should have room to keep Patrik Elias on their roster going forward.

Outlook
Patrik Elias has played his entire NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, and you should fully expect him to end his career as a New Jersey Devil.  

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