thing is the new management et al. includes bringing in all the other elements. They're not really mutually exclusive. It's the work ethic, combined with the system combined with special players. Apart from the slump, what an exciting team to have watched this year.
Still room for improvement from a few guys and that's in a way a good thing.
As the most important I voted new management/coach/system. That said it's definitely a combination of things. New management wouldn't have changed much of anything if we had not had Markov, the Gallys, etc. So what's more important ? Hard to tell.
Create "new Players and Rookies" category and you have your answer.
Add to it following the system and we have a team that performs well.
Last night was so different from the team that we watched going through the "slump". They forechecked harder, were more aggressive on the puck on defense (forwards) and did not play the passive PK which shut down the Leafs since the refs were calling penalties last night.
The roles of Gally, Chuckie, Prust, Tinordi (yes, him too last night) Boullion (he plays the bottom pairing so he is no Subban) have been huge for this team. Ryder needs to get over whatever problem he is having and help carry this team in the playoffs.
Desire to win is back and the new management and some players and rookies do the work needed for the job to be accomplished, Markov was a factor especially at the beginning of the season but he's been less than stellar defensively. The team wins as a team since there's no superstar except PK and the team loses as a team meaning that everyone comes back the next game with better performances.