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December 30, 2013 | 11:40pm ET
Jagr hopes to stay in New Jersey
TheFourthPeriod.com

The first half of the 2013-14 regular-season hasn't been overly impressive for the Devils, and they're hoping the second half pushes them into the playoffs.

If the team falters, though, and isn't in a playoff position come the March 5 trade deadline, star forward Jaromir Jagr hopes he can finish the campaign in New Jersey.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Jagr doesn't plan on requesting to be moved to a Stanley Cup contender if the team isn't in a position to compete in a couple of months.

Jagr, 41, doesn't have a no-trade clause, which means Devils GM Lou Lamoriello could still deal him, but the future Hall-of-Famer won't be the one making that decision.

"I'm not going to ask for a trade if everything stays the same. I'll fight to the end. I like it here too much," Jagr told The Star-Ledger. "I would hate to go to some team just to help them. I'd feel like a rented guy.

"They'd use me the way they want to, not because they need me. They'd already be happy with their team. I don't think I'd play the same way. I need my 18-19 minutes. I need to play a lot in the third period when the game is on the line and guys are getting tired. I hope I stay. Everything can change, but I've had fun. I like the system we play. Even though it's a more defensive system, I don't mind it at all."

Last season, Jagr was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Boston Bruins the trade before the trade deadline.

In Boston, Jagr averaged 18 minutes and 27 seconds of ice time, per game, during the regular-season and 17 minutes and 55 seconds, per game, in the playoffs. This season, he's averaged 19 minutes and 10 seconds, per game, so far with the Devils.

Jagr also currently leads the Devils in goals (13), assists (21), points (34), plus/minus (+11) and shots (92).

A number of teams would welcome the opportunity to acquire Jagr for a Cup run, but ultimately the decision lies with Lamoriello.


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