Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:20 PM
Big risk (Elias will be 37, 38, and 39 years old), and one that could potentially blow up if the Devils rely on him too much. This could wind up being a lifetime achievement contract where the actual return is far below the monetary value. None of us can say for certain how a guy in his late 30s is going to perform (see Rolston, Brian).
All that being said, I'm glad he's back...I think this was a risk the Devils flat-out had to take. I really hope this deal works out...if the Devils get two solid years out of Elias, I think everyone made out. Will be nice to see Elias finish with about 1300 GP and 1100 points.
I actually think Elias is in a better frame of mind about signing this contract than the last one. I think from the minute he signed that 7-year deal, he questioned the decision quite a bit, especially over the first few years. Now I think this is simply where he wants to be, end of story.
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