Well, regarding hand-wringing, I think it's not a constructive way to characterize an argument -- I'll leave it at that. As to the main point... it's pretty simple: - Caps can't have any success without an effective bottom-6 - right now, the bottom-6 is basically in disarray (except for Eller, who brings a factor of stability). - Trotz seems to have no clue as far as what to do about it -- wrinkles are not gonna help if the lines are haphazard. Yes, it's possible that he'll stumble into an effective (or even simply a potentially effective) lineup by chance, e.g. if injuries force his hand. - if anything, Trotz seems likely to go more conservative in a pinch, meaning featuring low-risk/low-reward players that simply get outskated/outclassed by top teams. That's just where the Caps are, IMO. Would you disagree? Do you think Trotz has a good bottom-6 blueprint for the Pens? If you do, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on what that might be. Honest questions.