Yea- right now, what I want to hear is that the team understands the consequences. Who is irrelevant- the season is over, we start again. But the Freshmen, Sophomores, and Junior need to spend time 1) with each other to understand how to bring themselves together quickly, and 2) make sure the incoming freshmen knows how important this is.
These guys had a lot of talent and heart that they could not express, and they seem to know why.
Oh, and remember the last time we finished 7th, but did get into the tournament... the following year was pretty good.
Oh, pt 2, before that, we had a few years where team chemistry was questionable, which also lead to a Frozen Four and a Hobey.
The long term question- can they come up with a system that builds the team unity stronger before the season starts that can continue as a tradition?