1 Updates
NJ Devils LW Patrik Elias on Having Jagr as Teammate: 'Surreal'
Photo Credit: Getty Images

NJ Devils LW Patrik Elias on Having Jagr as Teammate: 'Surreal'

Jul 25 2013, 12:23am CDT | by

New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias describes having Jaromr Jagr as a teammate is "surreal."

New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias is in awe of the fact Jaromir Jagr is now his teammate.  Elias was teammates with fellow Czech Jagr on several national teams, but never thought they'd end...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

NJ Devils LW Patrik Elias on Having Jagr as Teammate: 'Surreal'

Jul 25 2013, 12:23am CDT | by

New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias describes having Jaromr Jagr as a teammate is "surreal."

New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias is in awe of the fact Jaromir Jagr is now his teammate. 

Elias was teammates with fellow Czech Jagr on several national teams, but never thought they'd end up playing for the same NHL team. He also says Jagr's addition will be ultimately good for the Devils. 

"For me, it's kind of surreal. 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."

He also maintains the Jagr signing made sense in the light of Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL retirement and departure to Russia's KHL. 

"If you look at it fans-wise and PR-wise and what we needed after losing Kovy, there were maybe only three or four guys available that we could possibly get or think about getting and he's one of them. I think PR-wise, I think for fans he is still a big name that has accomplished something tremendous in his life and his career, so I'm pretty sure the fans will be excited to have him as a Devil."

The loss of Kovalckhuk as well as those of forwards Zach Parise and David Clarkson to free agency two seasons ago further magnify the need for Elias and Jagr to supply a much-needed scoring punch for New Jersey. 

Elias, who signed a three-year contract to remain with the Devils, reiterates they never played on the same line with the Czech national team. 

"We played maybe two years ago (at the world championships), we played a couple of power plays together during the tournament, but never a regular shift together. 

"I wonder as much as you guys how it's going to work out, how he's (Jagr) going to fit in."

Joining them in the Devils' lineup are Marek Zidlicky and Rostislav Olesz to increase their Czech representation. Olesz hasn't lived up to expectations since being drafted seventh overall in 2004. Perhaps Jagr's acquisition could help invigorate his play.  

The 41-year-old Jagr signed a one-year, $2 million contract with New Jersey on Tuesday. 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Rahane shines as India seal series in Edgbaston
Birmingham, Sep 2 (IANS) Ajinkya Rahane's maiden century and his century-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan powered India to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over England in the fourth ODI here Tuesday and also sealed the series 3-0 with still a match to go.
 
 
India vs England: Scoreboard, fourth ODI
Birmingham, Sep 2 (IANS) The following is the final scoreboard of the fourth ODI between India and England at Edgbaston here Tuesday.
 
 
Kamal Chawla stays afloat
Bangkok, Sep 2 (IANS) Having played two matches and won one, Kamal Chawla remained in contention Tuesday for the knock-out phase, while compatriot Shivam Arora, with three defeats, has virtually bowed out of the World 6-Red snooker championship in progress here.
 
 
Scoreboard of England's innings against India
Birmingham, Sep 2 (IANS) Scoreboard of England's innings against India in the fourth ODI of the five-match cricket series at Edgbaston here Tuesday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Miltos Yerolemou joins 'Star Wars Episode VII' cast
Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Miltos Yerolemou, who was seen as swordsman Syrio Forel in TV show "Game of Thrones", joins the cast of "Star Wars Episode VII". Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return as Han...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
No link between Ebola outbreaks in West Africa, DRC : WHO
Geneva, Sep 3 (IANS) The World Health Organisation Tuesday said the outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is "a distinct and independent event", with no relationship to the epidemic in West Africa. Based on...
Read more on Business Balla
 
US warplanes drop leaflets on Iraqi city
Baghdad, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) US warplanes Tuesday dropped thousands of leaflets on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, urging residents to keep clear of places occupied by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group that overran...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
US CDC calls for global response against Ebola
Washington, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) The head of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tuesday warned of the risk that the Ebola outbreak could get out of control without a greater worldwide response. "This is...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Don't have a perfect body: Charlize Theron
Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Actress Charlize Theron says she doesn't have an ideal figure, but is happy with the way her body looks. The actress features on the cover of Modern Luxury's September 2014 issue and looks...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kate Hudson is 'basically married'
Kate Hudson says she and Matthew Bellamy are ''basically married.'' The 35-year-old actress, who has son Bingham, three, with the Muse frontman, 36, admits they're in no rush to plan to a wedding and she rarely wears...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cee Lo Green's reality show is axed
Cee Lo Green's reality TV series has been axed. TBS announced on Tuesday (09.02.14) that the 'Forget You' hitmaker's show, 'The Good Life,' which focused on his attempts to juggle his careers as a producer, recording...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Chris Martin spends weekend with Gwyneth Paltrow
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow spent the weekend together in the Hamptons. The former couple, who announced they were ''consciously uncoupling'' in late March after 10 years of marriage, reunited at their home in the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Mali mine blast kills four UN peacekeepers
Bamako, Sep 3 (IANS) Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured after their vehicle hit a landmine in Mali Tuesday, security sources said. The UN vehicle was hit by a landmine when the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Kate, Cara new faces of Burberry's latest fragrance
London, Sep 3 (IANS) Supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne have been roped in as the new faces of Burberry's latest fragrance. The models are pictured in the campaign for the label's latest scent My Burberry, shot...
Read more on Celebrity Balla