You guys remember Jay McClement?
He was a big part of the reason they went from 28/29/30 to 2 season before last. That table in Siegel is insane.
Sure, but then he was also a big part of the reason it went from 2 to 28 again. McClement had one of the worst shot attempt rates against on the PK last season in the league.
There's more to it than just McClement - that's too convenient of an argument. He was not solely responsible for the decline (just like he wasn't solely responsible for the 2nd place finish either).
I think he was answering the first assertion in the sense of "sure, if I accept that premise then..."