I just think there's no one in there to tell them what's acceptable and what isn't. I guess Sutter did to a degree (at least they would have gotten some much needed cardio after this game), but I don't think very many guys respected him, he's just a "junior" guy. I know for a fact some didn't. then again, they didn't respect Julien either, and neither group, this one, or the good one back in the day, respected Larry Robinson, Ftorek was pretty much unrespectable , Kevin Constantine was coach for 20 minutes... really, there's only one guy they've had that was able to command that respect, because if you didn't give it, he'd take it.
not so coincidently, that's the year they got the most out of the least.
I think they respected Lemaire the first time around too, at least until they won a title and then they didn't care for how distant or strict he was after that. I didn't think he changed that much in Minnesota but personality-wise he's done a total 180. At least the old Lemaire would have laid down the law long before this instead of just randomly scratching Rolston and Langenbrunner while hiding it in public, claiming they were getting a rest.