The topic of burning a year off Stefan Matteau's contract has been discussed quite a bit. John wrote an excellent post about this a while ago. Then it happened, as the Devils didn't really have a good option to replace Dainius Zubrus, who wasn't able to play due to an injury. Of course, the reaction from the fanbase wasn't too happy. To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the move, simply because it wasn't the best plan of action. Of course, the entire thing was rather poor roster management- the Devils couldn't bring in Mathieu Darche to play due to the contract limits- they couldn't keep Matteau around and sign Darche, so we end up with the situation here. Of course, it's not as bad as you think.