If Jaromir Jagr is trade bait going into the NHL's Mar. 5 deadline, it won't be by his request.
The future Hall of Famer told the Star-Ledger on Monday that he's not keen on being dealt by the New Jersey Devils to another NHL club.
"I'm not going to ask for a trade if everything stays the same," he told the paper. "I'll fight to the end. I like it here too much. I would hate to go to some team just to help them. I'd feel like a rented guy."
Jagr returned to the league from the KHL two years ago with the Philadelphia Flyers and played stints with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins before signing with the Devils last summer. In 40 games this season, he has 13 goals and 34 points.
The 41-year-old was traded prior to the Apr. 3 deadline last season and helped lead Boston to the Stanley Cup Final.
"They'd use me the way they want to, not because they need me," he continued. "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."
Jagr has won a Hart Trophy, two Stanley Cups, five Art Ross Trophies and three Lester B. Pearson Awards over 20 NHL seasons. He is also a seven-time First Team All-Star.