Loyalty is an admirable trait,but come playoff time,I want the best players on the ice.
He can mentor in the locker room and in the warmup.
I don't disagree, less icetime if they can handle it, and off the team if they are a liablility. I do get a warm fuzzy feeling when i see malts, draper, homer etc doing good.
I do also think there's an real upside to treating your players fairly over time too. The sentiment DRW is the place to be, is not to be taken lightly imo.