I choose ALL OF THE ABOVE plus I added another option (see below)
Its really is a small measure of all of the above. However, it is also in LARGE MEASURE that certain players have not recently pulled their weight, and that is the biggest problem.
The system is partly to blame for that in that as the season goes on scouting of opposing teams becomes more important and our "system" is easily game-planned against. Its why were are seeing many teams drop back into the center ice and trapping in a way or trying to go four across at the blueline. It forces the dump-in, which, from their scouting they are already set to go retrieve.
A great counter to that is the quick first pass getting speed out of the zone, and through center ice forcing the opponents to have to back off. But if the team is looking to give the puck up at the red line on the dump-in, the defenders dont have to back off and one or two can easily go back and kill the chance of any sustained offensive threats on that zone entry.
It really doesnt matter becasue unless Angie remembers how to bull his way to the net, and Duthin becomes Dustin again, we arent going far without MAJOR additions