No, it doesnt really matter in the grand scheme of things because if Elias is pissed, he wont be a Devils in 11 months. I agree that Ruutu was meant to be an upgrade over Zubrus but he hasnt been terribly impressive either.
Not that it matters, since we're going to be awful, but hopefully Matteau can be an effective player
I should add, I don't think he'd be pissed either. Maybe sadness for a friend going and someone else deciding when his career is over, but the facts are the facts. The Devils have missed the playoffs three straight years. Zubrus played a ton of hockey over those three years, and has been atrocious for the last year and a half.