Originally Posted by SoCalBronco
I think the biggest issue is talent as a whole. One key guy is gone and the rest (AO, backstrom, Carlson, green) all simultaneously fell off their games (even before he left). You can survive one guy having a very extended slump but not a bunch of guys all t once. I know there are injury issues with green and backstrom so that's not their fault but still everyone has to get back to their former selfs or you will top out as a .500 team.
Yep, that's true. I do feel Backstrom is injured so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
Semin, they had to cut bait with him. The idiotic thing about it all was not REPLACING him with another top 6 scoring forward. Green has just proven to be made of glass.
DH had that team going through a wall for him. It's amazing that they should have really beat the rangers to get to the ECF and then you never know what happens.