Some of the "problem" theories (paraphrasing) that have been posted:
* The core packed it in last playoff season and so far this season. They need a carrot (3rd line center) to be motivated. They will try when they are confident in the team.
* The team just isn't that good. The core has expired and the secondary players needed just aren't on this roster.
* It's Q's fault. He has lost the room, his system is outdated and other teams know how to beat it/us.
* The players just don't care. They have their cups and money.
I've bought into some, very little, of this.
My thought today: last year the team spent themselves mentally and physically during the regular season grind to finish where they did. How did that work out come end of the season/playoff time? Similar to what has happened to the Blues in recent years. Was that regular season finish worth it? Maybe, just maybe, the "time off" late last year in the regular season was because too many players "hit the wall." 1st round comes around and there is nothing left in the tank to compete...and they knew it. Maybe, just maybe, the opposite plan of attack is in motion. Don't spend themselves during the regular season grind as much, don't get hurt, hang around and then finish by getting into the playoffs, be more ready to go mentally and physically come playoff time...find their "statement" games like last night, play the kids to see who can/can't...make the necessary complimentary trades/moves along the way...unleash the core at the right time...remember: lot's of hockey and miles on them.
Buying it or selling it, jack?