How can you say Byfuglien isn't a very good player and then mention Bolland and Brouwer as elite top 6 players? Byfuglien is as good or better than both of them, Versteeg as well.
They aren't going to be able to stack all of those guys on the top 2 lines either, as they will need to spread as much talent out as they can to make up for the fact that they'll have 5 or 6 scrubs filling out the bottom two lines.
No doubt Hossa is an elite player, and those who are saying otherwise are crazy. Its true he didn't do much last year in the playoffs (he didn't really need to) and did pretty darn well coming off surgery in the regular season. The Hawks will desperately need his scoring next year, so I can understand why they don't deal him.
That said, someone else is gonna have to be gone, as it stands now. I don't believe in any assumption that they will "somehow get rid of Campbell". I think Sharp is gone, which will be a major bite to them. There are many teams in the league that have amazing high end talent in their top 6, and don't make the playoffs or deep runs.
Hossa has a carreer point per game average of 0.925 over 777 regular season games and
0.758 over 120 playoff games.
This is an unbelievable difference and it is LONG TERM over hundreds of games.
The guy's numbers OVER HIS CAREER plumment when it comes to playoffs.
Elite player - yes, but only in the regular season.
Before you say that most players numbers drop in the playoffs, look at other players numbers. Nobody comes close...