Dailge is a completely different player now than the guy who broke in with Ottawa imo. He has grown up and accepted certain facts and has moved on. The unrealistic goals that were set out for him from the beginning of his NHL career had him set up for failure no matter what he did. He was mislabel as a star player. His skills didn't translate into star skills once he entered the NHL. Also the league changing from the 80's style of hockey,which he would of been much more successful at, to a more defensive style hurt him. His lack of effort didn't help, but even at 100% effort he would of always been considered a disappointent.
He has seemed to reinvent himself this year in Minny (with Lemaires help, no doubt) and has found a way to become a useful NHL'er. I think he will have a somewhat decent NHL career from this point in now that he has grown up. He does deserve a little credit for coming full circle when it would of been much easier to walk away with all the money and disappear forever.