I haven't spent the time to read all of the background on this disagreement but the main point Sterio seems to be making is that Lou needs to be a bit more progressive in his approach to free agents which I would agree with. I understand that Lou believes the players need to focus on playing during the season but I don't think there's any argument that he's limiting his own options with respect to re-signing the player by waiting until the offseason to do deals. Regardless of moving rights for a pick, I have yet to see the harm in at least discussing the framework of the type of a deal a player would be looking for. We obviously don't know everything that happens behind the scenes but we've certainly heard enough players come over at different times over the years to say that there had been no contact at all about a new deal with a tone that seemed somewhat miffed if not frustrated by it. There were a couple of posts by Guilitti this season where Elias seemed to be begging to discuss a new deal sooner rather than later.
Since the 2005 lockout, Lou has been a middle of the pack GM at best. His ways of doing business, including player management, should certainly not be above questioning like it might have been in 2002.
On a side note, I've seen a lot of people speculate that Lou had a few deals in place and was waiting to announce after the finals ended? I have my doubts about that but I've admittedly been somewhat pessimistic about the direction of this franchise since last off-seasons debacle. For anyone that thinks Elias, Zubrus or Clarkson already have a deal in place, when should we expect some news because I'm dying for something?
Edit: haha, looks like I'm late as usual to add my .02 cents