While Patrik Elias is a tremendous player, I was somewhat happy we didn't get him last summer. I think every team needs a solid mix of North American, and European talent, and I think we have enough players like Elias already. Shanahan was the perfect fit for this year, letting Jagr be Jagr, providing toughness, scoring goals, and giving our young players a lot of advice. In hindsight, it is especially nice not to be tied to that contract, seeing as it is uncertain whether he will get back to his pre-lockout days.
I won't shed any tears ovewr not signing him. We already wasted alot of cash on an ex devil, and it didn't work out too well. Alot of those guys are meant for that system, I wouldn't want any of em to tell you the truth.