lol come on. "Lou wants players that want to be here" are you gonna sing kumbaya next?
it's a business and you can't let go your assets just cause "oh well he didnt want to be here" thats absolutely ridiculous. You have to make them want to stay and the way he's handling things is certainly not the way to do it. I know Lou is that way but it's a dumb way to deal with stuff.
He does want players that want to be Devils. He's said it, and he's gotten rid of players who want out. Lou doesn't build a team by just looking for stats. He wants certain players. That's why he doesn't 'just sign Semin' or any other of those oversimplified ideas.
I feel that throwing contracts around too early is a dumb way to deal with it. Elias will be 37, Clarkson has plummeted to earth, and Parise was coming off of a knee injury that cost him a season and he was looking for a huge decade long contract. It's not as black and white as you make it. There's millions of dollars involved.
Lou has had his job a long time because he doesn't make knee jerk decisions. He's very calm and calculated. He more than anyone else runs it as a business. It would seem that Elias, who has been in the organization nearly 20 years, is the one not treating it like a business. Looks like he's panicking about getting a contract a little.