Problem may be that these guys dont want to play, they want to win.
Talented people get benched while hard workers play -- and they lose.
No one learns from benching that way. I think I was wrong -- this is a new team and that is the problem. They dont understand the whole work ethic thing. It can't be successfully pounded into their brains if they dont even want to hit the ice only to lose - they wont see their accountability. They just think deBoer is stupid and not giving them a chance all for his stupid code of honor or whatever. It's a thought anyhow.
It's not the "new team" that's the problem though. Schneider, Jagr, Ryder, and even Olesz are showing a ton of effort (and results) out there. I think they understand the whole work ethic thing; Jagr looks like the captain out there...