Look at what Shero will do with letang now that he apparently want too much. You watch the return he'll get instead of running letang to his last day and see him walk.
Sure, and look how good Pittsburgh's going to be next year. They were a 50% FenTied team this year, now they'll lose arguably their best D, they already lost their shutdown center last year. They're a good shooting team but can't expect to duplicate those results in 2012-13 - they'll be a playoff team, certainly, but best in their division? Certainly would make it a horse race.
They made 3 trades to supposedly get better this year (of course, they got worse as a result, but GM of the year Shero sure knwos when to go for it) - why did they trade away Jordan Staal if this was the year to make a run?