Yeah, the guy is old but Lou just secured a first ballot Hall of Famer for the price of David Clakson. People would be nuts to complain about the signing now.
That being said, this signing really makes the Holik contract look god awful but that's for Holik thread!
The only reason I'm not totally annoyed by the signing is maybe Shanahan can contribute getting 10-15 minutes a night in a 40 game season, when he couldn't over the course of a full 82+ last year.
Having him in the lineup changes the dynamic of the team, hopefully for better and not worse. Its a cheap experiment in terms of Money spent but it could be costly in terms of Playing time wasted on a guy who doesn't mesh with the rest of the lineup.
But if anything Sutter has shown that he doesn't tolerate failed experiments no matter the player or contract, so if it works it works, if it doesn't Sutter will push him to curb rather quickly. The team looks positioned to make the playoffs anyway so barring a major catastrophe, might as well use the Regular Season to try and experiment with what you got.