Well this is certainly good, if not entirely expected news. I wouldn't read too much into no Elias talks yet, although it does tell me that perhaps Lou Lamoriello has prioritized Clarkson, which would make sense for a few reasons. One, Elias' value on the open market is pretty much well known. He'll likely get a two-year deal worth between $9-12 million, but Clarkson's value could spike if he's allowed to talk to other teams. Of course, Clarkson and his reps understand that and I highly doubt Clarkson will sign before getting a chance to at least test free agency. This sounds to me like Lou testing out the waters and getting a sense of what Clarkson's people are looking for in average annual value so that Lou can slot in whether the Devils will even be a player in talks. I'm on record as saying I think eventually a deal gets done unless Clarkson is truly looking for the biggest contract possible, in which case he'll likely end up in Toronto or Edmonton. My guess is that this will play out a lot like the Zach Parise negotiations from last year, with Clarkson hitting free agency the Devils staying in it until the end. Whether Clarkson returns to New Jersey is likely up to him.