I don't really get it either, to be honest. I thought Iginla and Morrow would bring that to the table, and I'm not saying they aren't necessarily, but it's not evident in the play of #12 at least. Brenden Morrow might be the most forthright leader on the team, but I'm not sure he's doing a lot of rah-rah stuff at this (clearly) advanced stage of his career relative to the other talents on the team relative to the amount of time he's been here relative to his role with the club. It can be an uncomfortable situation to try to take command of a locker room in these circumstances. I thought we could get away with acquiring them for "stabilization" purposes and get through.
I have reason to believe (just on a hunch, I don't really know how) that Iginla would have been sucked right into that wishes-it-were-actual-hockey series last year against Philadelphia. I'm not positive Morrow would have necessarily been above it all, but I don't believe he gets sucked into it like some of our guys.
There's no disciplinarian coach on the bench and maybe we're seeing why that's a factor. Bylsma, Granato and Reirden aren't really hard asses. Crosby leads by example, Malkin doesn't lead at all, Letang doesn't lead at all, it's unclear if Iginla has any say in the matter...Orpik (the "future captain" before Crosby came along) is a mystery to me. I'm not sure what the chatter is like coming from him and Dupuis, those are two guys that I could see going, "look *******, cut the ****!" But I'm not sure if they're powerful enough to change the dynamic.
I'm just aimlessly speculating while fall asleep, but I've been puzzled for a few years now how the leadership on this team works and what the protocol for questions that need answering. And that's not me putting it down - necessarily - it's an honest admission of ignorance. We'll get a glimpse into the psyche of this team in game 3, that's for true.