Yeah Stan Bowman has kinda ruined that team. I like that he was able to keep Dave Bolland who i love, and I'd be ok with losing Versteeg and Bufuglien (sp?), but matching the offer sheet for Hjalmarsson (sp?) and letting Neimi walk was brutal. The Ducks had a fire sale after we won the Cup too. Penner, McDonald and Kunitz were all gone within a year and a half. That was 3 of our top 6! That's why it's so hard to repeat these days. The Kings might have the best chance because they're bringing back EVERYONE, and a shortened season won't hurt.
I would have kept Byfuglien, Niemi, Burish, Ladd, and Campbell. We were murdered because of Toews and Kanes contract incentives, and the fact that while a great defensemen, Brian Campbell's contract was horrible. Great guy, he actually married my neighbor, but no d man is worth that amount of money.