I also don't believe you can suddenly turn from an elite player to a bare average one once you approach the 30-year-old mark. We had the proof yesterday can they can still make the difference but it's still on occasional flashes, so I'm leaning on Frugal's side even if it's very frustrating to see them play most of the time.
Thing is, Seguin is an average skater, Benn is a terrible one. Once he's launched, then ok but his diesel mode is a real pain in the ass. In a league where speed exponentially increases as well as the game itself, they are struggling a lot to win battles, be first on the puck, anticipate just to have that necessary half-second to be in front.
I don't think the problem of the millionaires' club offensive production can be put solely on the coach or on the defensive system in general, even if I have concerns about Bowness where the head coach's shoes seem to be too large for him. When Gainey was in charge and then Hitch 1.0, that didn't prevent Modano, Courtnall, Hull, Nieuwendyk to produce on a high and significant level.
The problem of Benn, Seguin & co. woes is lying between the two shoulders. As we focused on those guys, there's another one that is a more terrible liability to this team: Pavelski. If a bantam player get that kind of laziness penalty he took in the third, he's glued on the end of the bench. That was not a mistake but a professional error, a disgrace.