I think this is accurate. Everyone focuses on the loss of Lidstrom, but Rafalski and, to a lesser extent, Stuart were also outstandinding puck movers.
I remember something Fedorov said to the Anaheim coach(could've been Babs?) after he started playing for them, and he was complaining that the D never passed him the puck, and Babs told him the reason they didn't give him the puck was b/c they couldn't, they didn't have the skill like he was used to having in Detroit, getting that first pass on the tape to spring him through the neutral zone with speed
so yeah, I agree it is a big problem with the team now- not enough d-men that can make that first outlet pass out of the zone
does babs beat the emotion out of all the players? cause i never see frustration out of any of the players. one guy gets knocked the f*** out. oh well. losing 4-1 oh well. lose 4-5 games straight oh well.
go break your stick go take your frustrations out with a few hundred hits. crosscheck do something to show me you care. sure it might be unprofessional to break your stick but id feel alot better cause it shows you give a f***
Babs has them all on Prozac, it's the only explanation that makes sense