Only 85 players in the NHL history reached the 1000 points milestone and most of them were 1st-ballot Hall of Famer. Well, Patrick Elias is one of them.
In 1240 games, Elias scored 408 goals and added 617 helpers for 1025 points. He spent his entire career with the New-Jersey Devils and won two Stanley Cup, one in 2000 and another in 2003.
He's the all-time franchise leader in goals (408), assists (617) and points (1025). He also holds the record for the most point in a single season (96).
He was forced out of action last year following a season-ending knee surgery that still keeps him out of action. But the 40-year-old veteran dropped a bomb yerterday. According to NJ.com "Elias joined the Devils' radio broadcast before Friday's game against the Calgary Flames, and he said may not have the heart to play again, even if he can rehab his surgically repaired knee to the point where a return is possible."
"I don't want to play just for the sake of playing," Elias said on the broadcast.
Apparently, no decision has been made: Elias' stall remains occupied in the Devils' locker room, and he continues to skate and train on his own in Newark. Elias would have to be signed before the trade deadline (March 1st) to be eligible to play with the Devils.