The League is being allowed to "Toughen Up", the Officials are letting a lot more go...interference, stick work, "working" for position in front of the net, both ways, for the offence and the defence.
Against the bigger, better, elite teams, we simply are not strong enough, particularly on DEFENCE.
Wilson Street goes on about the goal tending...wake up! Look at the dangerous traffic in front of our net...tips, double deflections, open attackers, second and third rebounds...our guys never seem to have position on their guys! Then you have the clear break aways or the 2 and 3 on 1s...we don't have a Miller or a Thomas but even those guys would wilt behind our DEFENCE!
The reality is we are four (4) DEFENCEMEN short of a load! If our 3-4 pair was a stud pairing, Picard and Carkner could probably play 10-12 minutes against the 3rd-4th type lines but they don't they are playing 16-20 minutes a game, often against the second line...too much for your 5-6 pair. Erik "The Pup" Karlsson is a forward playing at defence and should have been converted like Alf when he showed some up side in Sweden years ago, he will not be a D-man in the NHL. Philippé Kuba, there is a reason he was available to us, people could not watch a man of his size and skill play that light every night...don`t kid yourself the attacking forwards know this also...Campy is OK but can`t help, he is just too small for defenceman in today`s NHL.
So Mr. Murray go out and get someone, maybe even two...for you sit at your peril...
And Gordie get off the goalies...they are what they are...your criticism is way over the top...and you are wrong so stop it!