They had so much in this "core" of players (Iginla, Regehr, Phaneuf, Langkow) and it just felt like they felt the cup was with them. Phaneuf (whose value fell almost as fast as Cheechoo's) was quickly traded for nuts and bolts and the whole philosophy changed. You could feel the identity leave the building last year, and now they are kinda stuck hanging out to some aging Core well refusing to totally reset the process. White didn't pan out, I thought Babchuk was a decently bright spot, but of course he won't be signed. We sign Tanguay to a deal that takes him until 36, which in turn sends an aging Regehr out. Sign a notoriously streaky Glencross and our defense core looks like this:
Terrible, IMO, and our forwards don't look younger or faster, just older. Then the only rumors I hear is "Smyth". I think Boumeester should have been the guy actively shopped, we only have up Leopold for his rights and he makes way to much, he doesn't put up enough points and doesn't bring a "Chara" intangible where he will embarrass the Sedin's, he's way to soft. Very rich, and soft.