Makarov is the best winger of the 1980's. It's not a weak year, unless you started watching hockey in the 90's and never bothered learning about the game's history. Lindros and Vachon, along with Makarov were the best players not in the HHOF. Long time coming for two of them.
One upside to this year in the playoffs is looking at Mrazek's performance. Ignoring the last play that partially lead to a goal, he looked good in his three games and had no drop off games like last year, despite getting less help than he did before. The guy is clearly a real deal playoff goalie. Imagine how good he'd be if he had a real defense in front of him...
Like last year, the wings deserved to win this series,
LOL, if you lose a series in 5 games you don't deserve to win anything. Being 'close' to winning a single game is one thing, but if you are 'close' in 5 games and lose 4 of those, you're not close to anything but a few rounds of golf.