Peoples issue seems to stem from the mixed messaging (Dorion talking about weaponizing capspace to get futures, Ruszkowski talking about losing out on Duchene and Stone being an opportunity to add because we need to hit the floor after all, Melnyk stating that we would be spending near the cap for FYOUS implying that would would be making moves now that are aimed at augmenting our chances in the future at the expense of the present) more so than not understanding that money is valuable. There's also the fact that the extent to which we are cost cutting seems almost unprecedented. Has there ever been a team that has had an expected salary commitment as far below the cap floor as we are going to have? I'd have to do some research but I don't even think Arizona was this extreme when they were in bankruptcy... Having said that, I think this is likely the tacit admission by the org that nothing the team can currently do short of Melnyk selling will buy back fan's trust, at least not at the moment. Had we traded a 5th for Callahan and a 1st, I'm sure everyone would have been thrilled and applauded the move, but it wouldn't have put any bums in seats or moved the needle on the Season ticket drive. We can't add quality players, because the team is looking to tank, so what's left? The damage is already done, throwing some extra fuel on this tire fire isn't going to make any discernible difference, so you might as well cut costs as far as they can go. The issue as I see it is there is no plausible end game other than praying that we win the lottery. Even then, as great as Lafrenierre looks, we aren't getting a McDavid or Crosby. With Melnyk at the helm, the only way I see fans coming back is with a really strong team, and if we aren't going to stack the deck in our favour and opt instead to put finances ahead of all else, we are going to need a lot of luck to make that happen.