Jaromir Jagr is a lock for the Czech national team when it competes in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but don’t even suggest that it will be the Devils winger’s last Olympics.

Jagr would be 46 if he played in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“I understand that. It’s funny, but don’t forget that by then I’ll be playing in Europe on the big ice and there probably won’t be NHL players,” Jagr pointed out. “I would have to stay healthy and I would have to have the same desire.

“(Chris) Chelios did it. In 2010 I said I would like to play in the world championships in Prague in 2015 and everybody laughed. Now it’s just over one year away.”

No one is laughing at Jagr these days.

As for the NHL, both the league and Players’ Association will wait to decide on whether players participate in South Korea.

Both Jagr and Patrik Elias would seem to be assured of spots on the 2014 Czech squad.

“I hope so, if I’m healthy,” said Elias, who has dealt with back spasms this this season. “I might not make it if they picked the team now.