Depth scoring is more important than having a Stamkos. We could use another good goalscoring winger for sure, but we need scoring from everyone right now. Bottom 6 have to chip in a goal every now and then. Filppula has to score. Our D has to score. No one is scoring.
LA and Boston had a much better top 6 in their Cups than our top 6 this season. And their bottom lines were grittier and harder to play against in a playoff series, than our bottom six forwards this year.
There's nothing about this lineup that screams success and long playoff run. You either have a team built on great talent, which we don't have much of anymore, or a team built on hot goaltending and grit/stellar defense, which we don't have either.
It really didn't change the direction that much. He should have had it.
Howard is a mediocre goalie who gets paid like a mediocre goalie. We can't expect any more from him.
Problem is, this team isn't good enough for that anymore. We need a goalie who can steal playoff series and carry a team. Like all the other 7 and 8 seeds who have had success in recent years. I don't see that in Howard.