RxBandit66 wrote:... The meltdown reflected a lack of discipline, and that reflects on the coaching staff as much as the players. These are veteran guys, so Bylsma and his cast of player-friendly coaches cannot be entirely to blame. But Bylsma can come off as smug and arrogant if not stubborn, and needs to correct some things because many teams had broken down and exploited his system last season. The team made no changes to the coaching staff and brought many of the same players back, so Shero has put his faith in Bylsma once again. He needs to deliver, at the very least the team needs to go deep in the playoffs this season for his job to be safe. And he knows it.
Not really apropos of anything, but I was just thinking how this bit is basically a central part of the autopsy report on the Steelers' season as well...just replace Bylsma with Tomlin and Shero with Colbert/Rooney.
Anyhow, I agree with the general theme of this thread, especially after watching some games from the 2009 season on Root during the lockout.
It's not necessarily a problem with talent. This team probably has more talent than that 2009 team, but at least down the stretch in 2012, the Pens were missing that mental focus, attention to detail, and willingness to fight to win all the little individual battles that add up to winning playoffs games. They need that mentality back more than, for example, another top-6 winger (although, of course, bringing in another couple players who embody this attitude might help re-kindle it).