Negative value contracts are Brodeur, Volchenkov, Salvador, and Clowe.
Neutral are Henrique, Schneider, Brunner, and Zidlicky, Zubrus, Zajac
Positive are Ryder, Jagr, Greene
The Elias deal has the potential to be a negative value contract the next few years if you look at it solely without the context of what Elias did in prior years and the fact he's a lifelong/legendary Devil. Zajac's deal, due to subpar offensive consistency/production at times, teeters on a negative/neutral tilt. However, it will have a few years where it's teetering on a positive/neutral tilt. I love having Zajac's defensive acumen, minutes, faceoff ability, so to me I'd lean more positive, but he's right now being paid quite well for not enough production offensively, but that will even itself out in a few years in a long-term contract.
Neutral is Schneider? Guy signed for 4.25M, has an additional year on the contract, is an elite goalie and that's neutral? Steve Mason just signed Cory Schneider's contract. Lundqvist makes twice as much starting next year.