You're right about the new style but that isn't the current Carlyle. This season Anaheim hardly dressed a goon the entire season. Our fighting majors dropped significantly this season, last season we were at the top of the league with 46 and this season we had 30 (3rd Place). Guess who was 7th in the league with 8 fights less? Stanley Cup Champs, Washington. If we are the hard-nosed goons then the capitals are not that far behind us.
Our strategy is based on the roster we currently have and that isn't RC's fault. The entire season was injury plagued and the closest we had to a fourth line was Grant/Chimera/Brown. A line that had very little chemistry and was a liability at the defensive end. Murray has changed this roster drastically over the last decade and we are transitioning into a fast-paced counter-attacking team. RC has emphasized the quick transitions in the neutral zone this season but we still don't have depth at the bottom which means our top 3 lines have to pick up the slack and that makes our top 2 lines spend more energy than they should. I don't think RC or the system sucks. Our depth sucked and it sucked hard in the playoffs. I didn't see a team that stopped playing for the coach if anything I saw them turn it up at the end of the season to finish 2nd in the division when this team could've easily finished as a wild-card team.