This is about making changes, because while Spezza has padded numbers from series' that we have coasted through, he absolutely disappears when it matters, when it gets tough. Our current approach to hockey simply does not work. Getting rid of Spezza is the most important part of turning this team into a team that can play a strong two way game.
So, you give Spezza no credit for anything he did in last year's playoffs, and then seemingly blame him for EVERYTHING this year? Makes no sense.
And by the way, this team was built on two-way hockey. Guys like Alfie, Fisher, Vermette and Kelly are from the Jacques Martin School of Hockey. I don't think the ENTIRE team needs to be made up of two-way guys.
Every contending team needs its snipers. We've got two that are among the best in the league.
How many 100 point guys do you need on a team?? You need guys who can play a physical 2 way game and can put the puck in the net as well. The Cup is not awarded to the team with the most 6 million dollar players.
If you are a team fortunate to have 2 or 3 guys that come close to 100 points in a season, YOU DON'T TRADE THEM AWAY FOR MEDIOCRE 'ENERGY' PLAYERS!
And by the way, look at the Stanley Cup Final:
DET - Datsyuk 97 pts, Zetterberg 93 pts
PIT - Malkin 106 pts, Crosby 72 pts (53 games), Hossa 66 pts (72 games)
Would you say either of those teams have too many 100-point guys?
No offense, but this argument is pretty darn weak.