He said that. Hence the O'Reilly and Kane trades. Most would argue as to the success of those trades but I commend him none the less.
He traded for Kulikov and signed Okposo. Without injury, that should have been enough to get to the next level with the development of the youngish.
Unfortunately, Eichel, Kane, O'Reilly, Ennis, Kulikov, Bogosian have been injured for much of the season. That's 2/3 of your top six and 1/3 of your defensive core not participating. I'll give them a little leeway.
Minor quibble: I don't think anyone's arguing the success of the O'Reilly trade. If they are, they should be banned with all deliberate speed.